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FOUR VYING FOR TWO SEATS ON SCHOOL BOARD

There will be a four-way race for two seats on the Frontier Central School District Board of Education.

Larry Albert, who is retiring as chairman of the Frontier music department, and Michael Menard, a lawyer, filed petitions, as did incumbents Marianne Tomani and Donna Braunscheidel.

Albert, 55, is retiring June 30 after 34 years as a teacher and hopes to join the School Board on July 1.

"I'm dedicated to the district, and feel I can continue to help it," he said.

Menard, 52, has three children in the district and said he was asked to get involved by people who think that he can help correct the district's financial problems.

Tomani, the board president, is serving by appointment after being defeated in a re-election bid last May. She was named to fill the remainder of the term of Bill Scully, who resigned last June.

Braunscheidel is completing her first five-year term.

There are numerous issues as district voters face a budget that would increase taxes by nearly 7 percent while also cutting teaching jobs. There also has been a good deal of finger-pointing over how it got into the financial bind after dipping into its reserve fund over the years to avoid substantial tax increases.

A candidates night sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Association will be held at 7 p.m. May 2 in the auditorium of Big Tree Elementary School, 4460 Bayview Road.

The election and budget vote are May 17.

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