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FREDONIA MAY DELAY SCHOOL BUDGET VOTE INACTION ON STATE SPENDING THREATENS SCHEDULED MAY 10 REFERENDUM

FREDONIA -- The School Board may postpone the budget vote if state aid figures are not available by Tuesday's special meeting, the last day to adopt the budget for the scheduled May 10 election.

The state aid figures will determine the property tax rates. The board said it does not want to face the voters without an accurate idea of what those rates will be.

If postponed, the public vote will be held in mid-June at the earliest because it must be advertised 45 days before it can be held.

In other business, the board has decided to ask the state education commissioner for variances for the examinations required for high school graduation.

The board would like to have all students take the English Regents examination in their junior year. A passing grade of 65 or higher would give the students Regents credit. A grade of 50 to 65 would substitute for the Regents competency examination as a graduation requirement.

In mathematics, the board would like to offer the Regents competency test at the end of eighth grade instead of at the end of ninth grade.

Both variance requests are "based on the district's efforts to improve student learning outcomes in the pursuit of excellence in education," according to the board resolutions.

In BOCES matters, the board approved naming the schools as sites for emergency evacuation of the LoGuidice Education Center on Fredonia-Stockton Road.

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