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A first draft of Eden Central School's proposed 1995-96 budget lists spending of $15,044,335, up 4.4 percent from the current $14,403,156 budget.

Superintendent Thomas Christopher said that the School Board asked him to prepare a budget with the same programs as currently offered.

Like other districts, Eden is faced with the prospect of no additional state aid and a cutback in Board of Cooperative Educational Services aid. "We are asking our legislators and the governor to save some of that aid," he said.

One item that appears likely to be eliminated is Excellence in Teaching funds. Originally intended to reward good teaching and to increase the salaries of starting teachers, the money eventually was merely divided among all teachers.

Christopher cited an increase in enrollment to 1,791 from 1,690 as one reason for the spending rise. "We may have to hire three new teachers,"
Christopher said.

Other items beyond his control are rising health insurance, Social Security and Workmen's Compensation costs, ranging from $23,000 to $54,000 or 3 to 4 percent.

Christopher said that the School Board will look hard at staff requests for about $60,000 in new equipment and supplies.

The board will meet April 26 to refine the budget in preparation for the district's June 6-7 annual meeting and election. The board seats now held by Linda Nellis and Michael Benz will be open.

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