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SCHOOL BUDGET IS PRESENTED BY FRONTIER FURTHER CUTS ARE LIKELY IN $42.2 MILLION PLAN

The Frontier Central School Board Wednesday presented to the public a proposed $42.2 million budget for 1994-95 that will probably see more cuts next week.

Superintendent Charles L. Little told the audience the board and the district are shooting for a tax-rate increase of less than 4 percent.

The budget discussed Wednesday represents a 6.6 percent increase in spending over this year and carries an average tax-rate increase of 4.4 percent or 67 cents for Hamburg residents.

The 1994-95 tax levy at $17.6 million is about 3.7 percent higher than this year's.

"We have tried to be fair to taxpayers," Little told about 25 persons at a public budget hearing.

But school officials say they have tried to include something for everyone in the budget. The budget would add four teaching positions to hold down class sizes as well as add to the district's music program and interscholastic sports programs.

Enrollment has increased by about 400 since the 1990-91 school year, Little said.

Janet MacGregor Plarr, a candidate for the School Board, cautioned the board not to cut a half-time social worker from the proposed budget.

"I really think that kids need someone there to talk to," she said.

Little said the social worker position will be discussed next week when the School Board considers further budget reductions.

The budget vote is May 25.

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