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Spending for equipment, field trips and staff travel has been restricted in the Maryvale School District to help meet anticipated cuts in state aid.

Dr. Robert A. Binner, school superintendent, told the School Board Monday purchases of equipment and non-essential supplies and materials will be stopped.

"We would also limit field trips and conference requests, with only those already approved and paid for or those needed to work directly on the fiscal and legislative situation being allowed," he said.

The restrictions will not apply to building improvements, textbooks and software, which qualify for special state aid which is not being reduced, he said.

These cuts will only be a start in meeting the projected $181,868 reduction in aid, which is subject to action by the State Legislature, Binner said.

The board was informed of the 1991 retirements of Richard G. Eichelberger, a district employee for 32 1/2 years and director of community education since 1966; Rosalie Mruk, an intermediate school teacher who taught in the district for 33 1/2 years, and Donald L. Hall, high school mathematics teacher for 34 1/2 years.

The board approved plans for a spring field trip to Cape Cod for high school science students, to be paid for by the participants.

The middle school Christmas program will be held at 7:30 p.m. next Wednesday in the high school auditorium.

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