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Grand Island

The Grand Island Central School District holds its annual school board election and budget referendum from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the gymnasium at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road.

The proposed budget totals $58,114,136, up from $55,816,937 in the current year. The estimated tax levy is $31,345,630, up from the current $30,807,924.

Seven candidates will be seeking three seats on the Board of Education for three-year terms. They include incumbent Glenn Bobeck, special education teacher Richard D’Agostino, 2014 New York State Teacher of the Year Ashli Skura Dreher, accountant Jeffrey Hassler, attorney Joy LaMarca, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital administrator Takayuki Nobumoto and attorney Eric Soehnlein.

Voters also will be asked to decide on two propositions – a bond issue to purchase up to $650,000 in buses and other vehicles, and a school tax exemption for eligible veterans on their primary residences. Maximum exemptions range from $12,000 to $40,000.

This week:

• The Grand Island High School Class of 2018 will host a Krolick’s chicken barbecue from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Viking Mall at the school, 1100 Ransom Road. Dinners are $9 advance. A limited number of $10 tickets will be available at the door.

Connie Oswald Stofko, who publishes, an online gardening magazine, will offer “45 Garden Tips in 45 Minutes” at a meeting of the Cinderella Isle Garden Club at 7 p.m. Thursday in Trinity Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. Guests are welcome. For more information, call Julie Furminger at 833-3899.