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Troubled School Board could see majority shift


What you need to know: Voters are deciding on a budget that would result in higher elementary class sizes, a reduction in foreign language, elimination of intramurals and restructuring of the guidance, detention and music programs. But it is the School Board race that is getting more attention. The current board voted 4-2 to charge Board Member Catherine Schrauth Forcucci with official misconduct. The majority of the board could shift in this election.

Candidates (Elect 2):

• Candy Ditkowski, 41, homemaker and school volunteer with three children

• Thomas F. Flynn III, 47, vice president at M&T Bank with one son

• Cameron Hall, 39, director of product management at ValueCentric, with two children

• Gary R. Klumpp, 57, baseball instructor, clinic director at New Era with two children

• Andrew S. Loeb, 58, Internal Revenue Service manager with two children

• Kevin R. Steffan, 35, math teacher at Pembroke Elementary Schools with two children

Click here for more information on the candidates, including their positions on key issues:

Total budget: $62,435,858, up 3.62 percent

Tax levy*: $34.93 million, up 4.22 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 4.22 percent

Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $35.52 in Hamburg, up 4.77 percent; $31.41 in Eden, up 5.44 percent; $20.31 in Boston, up 2.25 percent; and $35.27 in Orchard Park, up 2.25 percent

Polls open: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Hamburg High School gym, 4111 Legion Dr.

* Tax levy is the total amount to be raised through property taxes

For complete coverage and results of the election, come to on Tuesday night.

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