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SCHOOL BOARD DISCUSSES BUDGET, POSSIBLE CUTS

The Dunkirk School Board's proposed 1998-99 budget stands at $25,128,344, an increase of 6.8 percent from this year's contingency budget, Superintendent Terry Wolfenden said during a board workshop meeting Tuesday night.

"The increase is $482,019, or 2.05 percent, without the increase in debt service of over $1 million," she added.

The board discussed other possible cuts.

Miss Wolfenden said the district made a bid for paper in the "off-season." If the board is willing to spend the money before June 30, the district can get the year's supply for $23,000, which is a savings, she said.

The district may need to cut a teaching post in the English as a second language program, depending on enrollment, she added.

Also, some courses will not be offered at the high school because of low enrollment, including advanced placement English. However, a section of honors English will be added, she said.

"The district is not adding instructional positions. We do not know about savings on retirements yet because we don't know how many people will be retiring," she said.

The budget will be formally filed with the district's Clerk at 7 p.m. Thursday. A public hearing will be scheduled.

In other business:

Representatives from Cannon architects of Grand Island gave an update on the Middle School and other capital projects.

The architect accepted bids on flashing traffic signs for Route 60 near School Three. A report will be made to the board and action taken Thursday night.

The architect also accepted 14 bids on computer equipment and totals were significantly below estimates, a Cannon representative said. A recommendation will be made to the board at a later date.

The Middle School gymnasium will get a new ceiling 3 feet below the old one, according to Hans Kullerkupp, vice president of Cannon.

And, additional security cameras will be placed in the corridors -- 15 instead of the current 12.

Cannon also proposed a 17- by 24-foot addition to the School Three cafeteria for a serving line. Food currently is delivered to the school, which serves breakfast and lunch.

Also, Cannon presented a plan for the parking lot at the school. Twenty-five spaces will be made available for parents to drop off and pick up children. Nine parking spaces will be added.

The board discussed hiring monitors for the Middle School lunch room. Principal Thomas Boris said students have 40 minutes for a combined lunch and reading period. He suggested having one teacher and a monitor supervise the lunchroom instead of two teachers. One teacher could then join other teachers in supervising the reading rooms.

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