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Lancaster

The School Board last week adopted a $101.5 million budget for the 2016-17 school year, leaving current programming and staffing intact.

The spending plan remains with in the property tax levy cap limits.

The budget reflects a 1.58 spending increase and calls for an estimated tax levy increase of 1.66 percent.

The annual budget meeting will be held at 7 p.m. May 9 in the Lancaster High School auditorium. Voting for the 2016-17 budget and board member election for two seats will be May 17 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. High School Java Gym, 1 Forton Drive.

The board’s unanimous approval of the budget stood in start contrast to its divisive tone that dominated much of its meeting and debate intensified about a proposal from board member Brenda Christopher about her controversial proposal for seven designated veteran parking spots, one for each school building.

Mounting concern about the growing discord on the 5-2 board dominated the discussion over the veteran parking spots.

Residents spoke about the board divisiveness, as well as board members themselves.

“There is a lack of trust on this board,” Board President Patrick Uhteg said. “We have to do something about this. We want to concentrate on teaching ... and student culture.”

At one point, Uhteg apologized to the public attending the meeting. “We need to find compromise,” he said.

The Hull House Family Farm & Homestoead is hosting a Mother’s Day Tea on May 7. Teas and treats are featured. Prepaid registration is required. For more information and to make reservations, call 741-7032.

This week:

• The Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in regular session at the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.