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RESIGNATION PROMPTS BOARD TO SEEK INTERIM ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

The Depew Union Free School District will be searching for a new high school assistant principal this spring following Thursday's announced resignation of Petrina Scinta, school officials said.

Scinta, who served for more than four years as assistant to Principal Edward E. Balaban at Depew High School, will take over the same duties at Williamsville North High School. Her resignation is effective March 6.

Superintendent Robert D. Olczak said the district will fill Scinta's vacancy with an interim appointment for the rest of the 2000-01 school year and will post and interview for the position immediately in order to have a full-time assistant principal in place for the 2001-02 year.

Meanwhile, Board of Education members Thursday received the second in a round of budget presentations for the 2001-02 school year. Board members were presented with the general support budgets for the Board of Education, business operations office, and noninstructional personnel for departments other than building and grounds budgets.

The budget for the board, superintendent's office and public information office will remain at $40,091, the same as this year's budget, according to Theresa A. Rusin, business manager.

In the business operations office, the budget is to decrease slightly from $82,700 to $82,397, with the noninstructional personnel budget going up by about $37,000 from $1.06 million to just under $1.1 million.

"Essentially, it's status quo staffing with contractual changes there," Rusin said.

Preliminary figures by the district estimate that the tax rate will likely increase by about 3 percent.

The third portion of the presentation of the 2001-02 budget will be during the board's Feb. 22 meeting. The presentation will be on the special-education budget. That meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the district office.

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