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Spending rises 4 percent under projected 2018-19 Williamsville schools budget

The Williamsville Central School District projects spending would increase by 4 percent, or $7.4 million, under a 2018-19 budget that preserves all programs and adds support for several items.

Officials held their first discussion of the district's budget at its last School Board meeting.

The district's 2017-18 budget is $186.1 million. The district would face $5.4 million in costs for contractual employee pay raises and other required spending increases. Another $2 million would go toward new programs, such as $340,000 to hire four school counselors.

That brings the estimated 2018-19 budget to $193.6 million, if nothing is removed, said Thomas Maturski, assistant superintendent for finance and management services.

Administrators will review the district's spending and revenue in greater detail at a Feb. 13 budget work session. The School Board is expected to adopt the 2018-19 budget April 10 and residents can vote on the budget May 15.

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