Teachers' salaries, the cost of the proposed new School Seven on Lake Shore Drive East and cuts in state aid dominated Tuesday night's School Board meeting.
One resident, waving papers that he said showed teachers' salaries, claimed the district has 209 teachers with an average salary of $41,145 while the average wage in Dunkirk is $18,000.
He said city taxpayers could not afford to pay those salaries.
Stanley Gliwa said teachers should take pay cuts in their next contract the way workers in private industry have been forced to accept concessions.
He said the teachers should make concessions if a new school is built because taxes already are too high.
Another resident said that Superintendent Terry Wolfenden should not be part of the negotiating team for the teachers' contract since she is a former president of the Dunkirk Teachers Association.
Miss Wolfenden replied that she is responsible to the students, parents, staff and taxpayers. The district's negotiating team consists of the superintendent, the district's attorney and a board member to be chosen.
In the School Seven matter, Miss Wolfenden said she and Board President Nancy Renckens met with Mayor Gregory Krauza about the site. The district will need to use some of the city's land to meet state Education Department site requirements. In addition, Pine Street, which separates the school site from playing fields, will need to be closed to meet state Education Department requirements.
Miss Wolfenden will give a full report on her meeting with the mayor at a workshop session later this month.
Board member Randal Goss said he has not yet decided whether a new school is needed because he does not have all the facts.
He said he wants to see bids and the effect on the tax rate before making a decision. All options, including rehabilitating the present building, should be looked at, he said. The board decided in September to begin the process to construct a new school on the site. Goss was not at the meeting when the decision was made.
The board awarded contracts for the third and final phase of the rehabilitation of the Dunkirk High School pool. The new heating system should result in savings of approximately $10,000 per year, Miss Wolfenden said.
The $21,156 general construction contract was awarded to L.G. Hall Building Contractor Inc.; the $105,800 heating and ventilating contract to Mollenberg-Betz of Jamestown, and the $10,510 electrical contract to Tunney Electric Inc. of West Seneca.