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Clarence Central School Superintendent Thomas Coseo Monday presented a draft $31,240,900 budget for 1994-95, up 5.68 percent or $1,679,635 over this year's.

The budget includes some new staff for the middle school, including 1.8 special education teachers, a guidance counselor and a part-time psychologist.

This fall renovations on the junior high will be complete and the district will move into a middle school concept with grades six, seven and eight located in one building. Currently the junior high has some sixth-graders and all the seventh-graders and eighth-graders.

Junior High Principal James A. Ballard will retire at the end of June, and a new principal will be named for the middle school, said Coseo. The following year an assistant principal will be named at the middle school, he added.

Coseo did not reveal the salary and fringe benefit increases that are included in the budget for the new teachers' contract. The board and the teachers association are close to an agreement, he said, adding that he expects a contract to be signed before residents vote on the budget June 1. A new contract would be retroactive to last June, when the previous contract expired. The draft budget carries an estimated tax rate of $19.04 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, an increase of 4.73 percent or 86 cents.

The district expects 130 more pupils in the fall.

A budget public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the senior high auditorium. The board expects to adopt the budget and name the new middle school guidance counselor at its regular board meeting May 9. Residents will vote on the budget and several board seats June 1.

In personnel items, the board has started a search to replace High School Principal Terry D. Piper, who resigned April 19 to accept a managing principal position at Liverpool High School in Liverpool. The board plans to have someone in place by the end of July to start the school year in September.

Also, the board named Joel H. Weiss Clarence Center Elementary principal at a $65,000 salary. Weiss is principal of Lorraine Academy and Red Jacket Academy in Buffalo. He will replace Arnold J. Bartlett who retires at the end of June. Bartlett's salary is $83,000.

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