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$24.6 MILLION BUDGET APPROVED BY BOARD

A $24.6 million 2005-06 budget was approved Monday night by the Fredonia Central School District Board of Education. This is a $809,509, or 3.41 percent, increase over last year.

The estimated tax levy is $11,351,953. Proposed tax rates include: Pomfret, comprising 87.7 percent of the district, $88.91, up $2.98; Arkwright, $28.55, up 96 cents; Portland, $27.44, up 92 cents; Sheridan, $26.78, up 90 cents; Dunkirk, $23.40, up 78 cents. All rates are per $1,000 assessed valuation.

Five instructional positions have been cut as part of the proposed budget. The $91,058-per-year position of assistant superintendent of instruction has been abolished, as well. The projected student enrollment for 2005-2006 is 1,710, a decrease of 46 students.

The annual budget hearing is set for 7 p.m. May 10 in the high school library, followed by the regular Board of Education meeting. The annual budget vote will be from 2 to 9 p.m. May 17 in the high school cafeteria.

The district also will vote for a new School Board member May 17. Incumbent Susan Wheeler has decided not to run again. Only one person has thrown his hat into the ring. Daniel Ihasz, of Westerly Drive, is running unopposed for the five-year term.

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