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A comprehensive technology project proposed for the Eden Central School District features a classroom computer network, a library automation system, various technology improvements to enhance curriculum and offers video services throughout the schools as part of an in-house media distribution system.

The district's Technology Subcommittee presented its proposal in detail Wednesday night to the School Board -- billing it as essential to help better educate Eden children, enhance their learning environment and make them more competitive in the work force after graduation.

The $5.59 million project, which would partly be funded through a technology bond issue, will be discussed by the School Board at its Nov. 20 meeting and could be voted on at that time. The committee is recommending a special election in March for residents to vote on the bond issue to help pay for the project. The technology improvements, not just limited to a computer network, would be phased in over three years.

However, the school district would need to raise an estimated $2.44 million of the total $5.59 million project cost through taxes, since the remaining portion is expected to be funded through state building aid and Board of Cooperative Educational Services aid. The project would be financed over 10 years, since that is the probable usefulness of the improvements.

For taxpayers to finance a $2.44 million bond issue, that would translate into a $65 yearly tax increase on a home assessed at $100,000 -- based on the 1996-97 school tax rate. The basic tax rate is currently $15.43 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. With the bond issue, the tax rate would increase by 65 cents $16.08.

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