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FRONTIER BOARD DELAYS VOTE ON KINDERGARTEN PROPOSAL WOULD MAKE PROGRAM FULL-DAY

The Frontier Central School Board Tuesday night delayed a vote on whether to expand the district's kindergarten to a full-day program.

Board President Michael Dundon suggested the board wait until next week to decide the issue because two board members were absent and several others needed more time to consider it.

School officials presented a recommendation to the School Board to lengthen the extended-day kindergarten program by 45 minutes for a cost savings of about $50,000.

Currently, the district must pay for extra bus drivers and buses to transport the kindergarten pupils home.

If the kindergarten day was lengthened, the pupils could be transported home with other elementary pupils.

Several teachers and parents told the board during a public expression period that they were opposed to the full-day kindergarten program because the day is too long for the pupils.

The board also continued discussing the proposed 1994-95 budget with an eye toward further cuts.

The proposed $42,167,077 budget would mean an approximate tax-rate increase of 4.4 percent for Hamburg residents.

The board may reduce the budget further next week after a public budget hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. today in the Frontier High School auditorium.

Gerald Glose, the district's assistant superintendent for business, cautioned the board about the state aid estimate he projected for next year.

The figure is about $1 million more than what the district received in state aid for 1993-94.

Although state officials indicated earlier that the district is likely to receive the extra aid, Glose said he would be very uncomfortable if the board adopted a budget before that figure is confirmed with the adoption of a state budget in Albany.

If that extra money from Albany does not come through, Glose said, the district could be looking at an additional 8 or 9 percent tax-rate increase.

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