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School funding cut looms

The Silver Creek School Board on Wednesday heard about measures planned to deal with the possibility the district will see a cut in its funding.

"The events of the past week signal very tough times ahead for all school districts, our taxpayers, and the families of our children," School Superintendent David O'Rourke said at the regular meeting of the board.

The district already is looking for short-term borrowing to help finance a major construction program that was approved by voters in May.

O'Rourke said the district would not be able to do the roof repairs before this winter but that bids would be returned for the project on Nov. 5. He said there is a scheduled finance meeting on Oct. 16 to review the bond anticipation note market as well as the preparations for long-term borrowing.

The capital project is expected to be reimbursed with state aid.

In another matter, the board heard a presentation from Chuck Pegan, executive director of the Chautauqua County School Boards Association. Pegan reviewed the objectives of the association and encouraged board members to attend association programs and review the association's Web site at

Board members congratulated O'Rourke, who will be a featured presenter at the University Council for Educational Administration Conference Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Orlando, Fla. O'Rourke will lecture on the accountability of superintendents.

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