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The North Tonawanda School Board, faced with a 1990-91 budget adoption deadline and looking for last-minute places to trim, late Friday night was looking at some drastic options.

Job cuts, elimination of programs for the gifted and curtailment of sports below the varsity level, and reduction in the number of elementary school classes -- particularly at fourth- and fifth-grade levels, were under consideration.

School Superintendent John H. George asked the board to avoid cuts in teaching programs as it struggled to reach an unofficial budget goal below $37 million.

The new school tax rates would be about $19.50 per $1,000 for homeowners, and $37.50 for business.

School Board approval of a new three-year contract with the district's 390 teachers also was expected.

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