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North Tonawanda School Superintendent John H. George Tuesday proposed tiered reductions to reduce the proposed 1990-91 budget.

The board will meet tonight to consider his recommendations, which were conveyed to the seven members in a memorandum.

Each of four "tiers" of cost reductions, totaling $1.4 million, would require tightening the budget belt another notch, and George said he hopes the board won't pull the belt so tight that it chokes off the life breath of what he considers a quality educational system.

"Tier One identifies budget reductions which will have the least detrimental effect on program and service quality," the superintendent said.

The total of Tier One reductions is $586,000 divided among general support, $122,127; instruction, $423,455; public transportation, $38,548, and community services, $1,870.

"Tier Two goes beyond belt-tightening and into the realm of serious cutbacks," George said. "Further reduction in contractual services and supplies will likely have an undesirable impact on program and services . . . some programs and types of services may suffer in scope, if not quality.

"The Tier Three and Four cuts will not destroy our educational program, but they will almost certainly damage it." Going into tonight's meeting, the tentative budget stands at $37.8 million, translated into a homestead tax rate of $20.87 per $1,000 of assessed valuation and a non-homestead, or industrial-commercial, rate of $40.37.

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