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BOARD ADJUSTS FREDONIA SCHOOL BUDGET TRUSTEES ACT TO COUNTER $101,584 LOSS IN STATE AID

The School Board Tuesday night adjusted its 1990-91 budget to counter the $101,584 it is losing in state aid for the current year.

The board decided to limit the work done by the print shop, eliminate overtime and overnight trips for conferences, limit the number of conferences attended during the day and eliminate events such as the annual senior citizens breakfast.

In addition, the district's newsletter will not be mailed to every address in the district, but will be distributed through the schools. Those savings are estimated at $51,652.

A clerical position will remain vacant while the employee is on maternity leave, and the vacant middle school assistant principal's position will be filled by a person now on staff; whose position will be filled by a long-term substitute. The personnel actions will save $15,214.

The district received a refund of $49,786, about $19,000 more than anticipated, from the Board of Cooperative Educational Services. Business Manager Carter Town said the district will receive about $50,000 in additional state aid once the audit for the 1988-89 school year is completed. Those funds come from the application of the state aid formula for the number of students who attended that year. The board will take $15,932 of that amount for the budget adjustment and put the rest in a reserve account.

The board expressed great concern about not cutting anything that affected the basic educational program. On the recommendation of Elementary Principal Francis Grates, textbooks will be purchased over several years instead of all at once.

In other budget matters, the board set a Feb. 20 public meeting to hear residents' ideas about the 1991-92 budget. The vote on that budget will be held on May 14.

The board also set district goals for the year. The first priority is a comprehensive facilities project that includes classroom space, physical education space at the middle school, renovation of the Eagle Street School gym-cafeteria and repairing the Wheelock School parking lot.

A committee is studying the district's facilities and is waiting for a report from an architectural consultant and a financial consultant. Recommendations will then be made to the School Board.

The second priority was expanding the curriculum, but no specifics were given.

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