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SCHOOL BOARD DISCUSSES FURTHER CUTS IN BUDGET DRAFT

Superintendent James Mills Wednesday outlined the third draft of the 1998-99 budget for Silver Creek Central Schools and explained how the district could achieve its goal of holding the line on taxes.

Currently, the spending plan totals $12,631,049 -- a $167,624 decrease from the second draft.

"We are looking at cutting an additional $402,639," Mills said.

On the chopping block are the proposed creation of science and social studies teaching positions, a teacher's assistant post and a typist. The purchase of a new school bus, a 15 percent across-the-board reduction in materials and supplies and a decrease in spending for library books also are being considered for elimination.

Mills suggested that the School Board adopt a spending plan slightly higher than what is projected so the board can make further cuts if revenue fails to meet expectations.

"You have the option of adjusting the spending allocation at the time you do the tax roll," Mills said, adding, "I'm pretty confident a budget with no tax increase will pass."

The board has until April 22 to adopt a budget, which will be presented to voters May 19.

No dollar amounts were revealed Wednesday, but residents also may be asked to vote on a capital project -- including technology equipment -- in September. The equipment would be 95 percent reimbursable instead of 85 percent.

Athletic Director Archie Bradley also made a plea to the board for additional funding for team uniforms.

Following the presentation, Mills announced that the $11,800 requested for team uniforms will be paid for from a grant received by the district.

The board also accepted the resignation of Nick Piccolo as varsity softball coach and appointed Karen Grace to that post.

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