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NO ACCORD YET WITH WILLIAMS

Contract negotiations between superintendent-designate James A. Williams and the Buffalo Board of Education have not produced an agreement, and discussions will continue, district officials said at a board meeting Wednesday evening.

Attorney Karl W. Kristoff, representing the board in talks with Williams' representative, briefed board members in an executive session, closed to the public and the media, on the status of the negotiations.

Williams, the former superintendent in Dayton, Ohio, attended public functions here last weekend, and several board members expressed hope that a contract could be finalized Wednesday.

In another matter, Christopher Jacobs, an at-large board member, suggested the school system and county seek ways to cooperate on library services.

The county's budget crisis has raised questions on the future of county libraries, while the school system does not have enough books to fill the shelves of new media centers or enough librarians to meet the needs of more than 60 schools.

Jacobs said the system should explore having the county staff school libraries, which would be open to the public in the evening.

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