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LACKAWANNA CONTINUES TO CUT SCHOOL BUDGET INCREASE IN TAX RATE PARED TO 10 PERCENT; ANOTHER PRUNING SESSION SET

The Lackawanna School Board is continuing to whittle away at its spending plan for next year and to date has a proposal that would hike taxes by about 10 percent.

However, board President Dennis Chudzik said following Wednesday night's regular monthly meeting that a 10 percent hike "is still not acceptable" and the board will continue to work to reduce spending.

A 10 percent hike is a far cry from the 60 percent increase first projected under a tentative budget of almost $24.7 million. However, any increase would be on top of the substantial hikes of a year ago: 78 percent for commercial property and almost 12 percent for homeowners.

The board has another work session on the budget scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday in the Johnson Street Administration Building. The public will be allowed to attend the session, Chudzik said.

The board set 7 p.m. June 29 for adoption of the 1990-91 budget. The session was moved back two days to give the board as much time as possible and to get the latest available state aid figures.

The board must adopt a budget by June 30.

Schools Superintendent Thomas F. McDonnell was absent due to illness.

In other business, the board:

Called its annual reorganizational meeting for 5:15 p.m. July 2 in the Secondary Center cafeteria.

"Spotlighted" the high school Odyssey of the Mind team that finished 11th out of 47 teams in its category during the World Finals last month in Iowa.

Approved the creation of a 12-month, part-time typist's job for the Pre-School Special Education Program and an account clerk-typist for the Pre-K Program. Both positions are substantially funded by either the state or federal governments.

Adopted a resolution that employee interviews will no longer be tape recorded out of right to privacy concerns.

Accepted intent to retire notices from custodian John Gorczyca and building maintenance mechanic Andrew Luba.

Granted Christine Beres, a Special Education teacher, a one-year leave of absence without pay or benefits.

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