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LACKAWANNA SCHOOL BOARD EXPLORES ADDITIONAL CUTS

The Lackawanna School Board explored more cost-cutting measures to its proposed 1990-91 budget during a work session Wednesday night.

Details on the possible cuts could not be disclosed because "the figures could change, even before the board or I have a chance to (evaluate) them," said board President Dennis Chudzik.

"I don't even know what the figures are," he said, adding that board members will be contacted today and Friday about their positions on the cuts and the budget.

The board will meet on the spending plan at 7 p.m. Friday in the Secondary Center. Under law, the budget must be adopted by Saturday.

Wednesday's session had been scheduled as a budget-vote meeting, but plans were changed due to last-minute revisions in aid state.

"The state changed the accounting treatment for teachers' retirement," said School District Accountant Sameh Masry.

The planned cuts were in the areas of personnel transfers -- which were discussed in executive session -- and in refining state-mandated programs, Chudzik said.

Currently, the budget calls for a 10 percent tax hike but Chudzik has said that increase is "unacceptable."

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