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The West Seneca School Board is considering using its liability insurance fund, selling Gardenville School and freezing purchases as alternatives to cutting educational programs or dipping into its surplus should state aid for the current year be cut.

District Treasurer Brian Schulz said Gov. Cuomo's proposed cuts would cost the district $545,000 in aid. Schulz said the district could afford to transfer $100,000 from the $215,000 liability insurance reserve fund without jeopardizing it.

He said the district's other two self-insured funds -- Worker's Compensation and unemployment -- would not be touched.

The funds can only be transfered by board action. A market appraisal for Gardenville School on Union Road was suggested by Trustee William Tober.

A freeze on all but emergency purchases was recommended by Trustee Howard Avnet along with a curtailment of capital improvement projects "until we find out what the legislators are adopting."

Stephen Prescott, assistant superintendent for business, said freezing all purchases could affect the students because principals have budgeted for the year items that are purchased as needed.

Board President Robbin List and School Superintendent Vincent Coppola agreed that the district could use part of the $1 million 1989-90 surplus but to do so would result in a tax increase next year. "We don't want to do that," Coppola said. "We are trying to stabilize tax rates over the next few years."

In other matters, the board:

At the suggestion of Tober, directed Prescott to have the district's attorney, architect and a representative from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency "sit down at a table, face to face," to find a way to get rid of a pile of contaminated dirt removed from the bus garage several weeks ago as a result of an oil leak from the hydraulic lifts.

Set a public hearing for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 on a proposal to consider increasing the income limits for senior citizens to qualify for partial property tax exemptions by $3,000.

Tabled a decision on allowing senior citizens to attend school functions such as athletic events and school musicals or plays at a reduced price.

Expects to receive a report on the transportation schedules for special-education students at the Jan. 7 meeting unless Transportation Director Michael Hayes' schedule allows him to get it to the board Dec. 17. Hayes is on his honeymoon.

Parents had complained to the board that their children were riding on buses for more than an hour each way to classes and asked the board to look into reducing traveling time.

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