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The School Board does not know how many families in the 31 new units of federally subsidized housing will have school-age children, making planning difficult, according to district officials.

The units are scheduled to be occupied in August, said board president Nancy Renckens. The board should have some idea then, but the budget for the next school year needs to be adopted before June 30.

At a workshop meeting Tuesday night, the board was able to use a combination of state aid and cuts to bring the city's tax rate increase to an estimated $2.80 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The original projection was $5.95.

In other items, the board has decided to patch up School Seven on Lake Shore Drive East for another year's use. The consensus was to ask Superintendent Terry Wolfenden to have environmental studies made of the site to see whether an elementary school can be rebuilt there. The board allocated $50,000 for the studies.

Finally, Mrs. Renckens said a committee would be formed to make positive suggestions for the school district and suggest directions for action. She said that members would be drawn from the business community, students, parents, minorities and other interested persons. The board and district administrators would look at the suggestions for long-term planning.

Residents who have attended meetings and workshops generally have been critical of the board, the superintendent, school personnel, the educational program and tax rates. The board is looking for something positive.

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