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SCHOOL BOARD SEEKS NO TAX HIKE

The Jamestown Board of Education is "absolutely committed" to a zero tax rate increase for the coming year, according to board President Christine Schnars.

Mrs. Schnars said the panel is still putting together final figures for the package, which will be voted on May 19.

The current year's spending plan totaled just under $43 million, and Mrs. Schnars said the addition of full-day kindergarten next year will increase that by a "few million dollars."

The district will get additional state aid to help pay for the transition to full-day kindergarten.

"Apart from the full-day kindergarten, we have had many requests for additional staffing," she said. "We were able to make some additions without affecting the tax rate."

Mrs. Schnars added: "We were asked for some increases in custodians, and we didn't approve the full increase but did part of it, knowing that in the next few years we might have to add some people."

The School Board is holding budget work sessions to finalize some figures.

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