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The Alexander School Board, though relieved to get a 3.6 percent boost in state aid, has told residents that unless a similar-sized increase is received again next year, the district either will have to cut services or consider other options, including a merger.

The state-aid boost was the district's first in four years.

"This year's state financial relief is only a short-term cure for the financial problems of our district," the four-member Board of Education wrote to district residents. "What the State Legislature does next year in a non-election year will determine the future course of the Alexander School District."

A $7.4 million budget for 1990-91 year, up 4.9 percent from this year's spending plan, was adopted by the Alexander School Board. Residents will vote on the plan from 1:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

They will consider propositions for a basic budget of $7,262,300, a seven-passenger van and two 60-passenger buses for $106,550, and $1,000 for the Stevens Memorial Library at Attica. State aid to the district amounts to $4.5 million. However, the local tax levy of $2.4 million climbed $143,060, or 6.4 percent.

Residents will fill two vacancies on the Board of Education. William R. Messinger and John W. Will are seeking a five-year term, and Robert L. Murray, Eric A. Randall and Arthur F. Straub, a three-year term.

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