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The Clarence School Board was questioned Monday by several parents about its financial commitment toward upgrading and adding more computers at the schools.

Superintendent Thomas Coseo said the district has spent a half million dollars on computers. He said that while other districts have put up bond issues to buy everything at once, Clarence has made purchases over the last few years and upgraded its existing hardware.

He said the predominant issue that elementary parents have brought to the board is class size. He said when the district moves toward smaller class sizes, there are fewer tax dollars left to spend on computers.

The Sheridan Hill PTO has contributed $16,000 toward computer purchases at that school. Coseo said the board has successfully linked district money with building level money and grants to make the computer purchases.

Coseo said each building has a "specialist," or someone who has computer expertise. He said teachers have been receiving in-service training to learn how to use the computers. He said the goal is to pull away eventually from the computer lab concept and move toward a computer in every classroom.

Sheridan Hill has a computer lab and also has computers in the classroom.

Sheridan Hill Elementary Principal Michael Codd said the computer lab has been behind schedule in getting up and running because of delays installing fiber-optic cables. They will be installed this spring.

In another matter, the board received updated figures on the 1995-96 budget. The board will hold a work session at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the board room to go over the figures and give the administration direction.

Business Manager Rick Mancuso said a second workshop will be held April 6. The board expects to adopt a budget May 8.

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