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The North Tonawanda School Board, in a third round of cuts, shaved $767,000 from its tentative 1990-91 budget Wednesday night, paring it to $37.1 million.

"Those were the easy cuts," said Board President Chester R. Klimek. "Now sharpen your pencils." He wants a budget of something less than $37 million ready for adoption by the board by the June 29 deadline.

As a result of Wednesday's surgery, teachers and staff will be working with as much as 50 percent less equipment and supplies next year than this, said Schools Superintendent John H. George. Board member Stephen Lampkin voted against the equipment reduction, which he characterized as a "step backward that could take years to make up."

There will be staffing reductions, although no actual job cuts, at both the elementary and high school levels. Projected secondary school professional staff will be reduced by 3.5 positions -- 2.5 teacher positions at the high school and one at the middle school.

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