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BOARD AIRS TAX RATES FOR '98-99

Final 1998-99 tax rates were unveiled during a meeting of the Iroquois Central School Board Monday night.

Elma, the largest town in the district, and the only one still using the old fractionalized system, faces an increase of $7.52, or 3.85 percent, per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

The tax rate will be $202.91, instead of $202.39, which was projected in May.

Owners of a home assessed at $100,000 will pay another $65.00 a year.

The towns of Wales and of Bennington also will see tax increases.

In Wales, the tax rate of $21.87 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, is up $1.01, or 4.9 percent.

In Bennington, in Wyoming county, the tax rate of $21.05 is an increase of 48 cents, or 2.4 percent.

Some towns will see see decreases, including Marilla, with a tax rate of $19.25, down 16 cents, or .79 percent; Aurora, $21.87, down 51 cents, or 2.27 percent, and Lancaster, $15.89, down 95 cents, or 5.95 percent.

School officials said the STAR-exemption program for senior citizens totaled $719,830.55, which will cost the district about $3,000 in lost interest.

The board also voted to increase the general budget by $8,000, a state grant arranged through the efforts of Assemblywoman Sandra Lee Wirth, R-West Seneca.

In other matters:

Parents of pupils at Annunciation School on Schwartz Road appealed to the board to increase the hours a school nurse is stationed at the school by 10.5 hours a week.

Parent Camille Buckley said that last spring a pupil suffered a concussion and there was no nurse on duty then.

She noted physical education classes do not end when the nurse leaves at 1 p.m.

Superintendent Michael Glover said the district plans to send a nurse to Annunciation in the event of an emergency.

Glover also said he will request a full-time nurse for the school when the 1999-2000 budget is prepared in January.

Glover also announced goals for the upcoming school year, including:

Launching a distance-learning laboratory that would be based in a room at the high school. Camera equipment would be purchased with a $50,000 grant.

Completion of the first phase of the district's capital-improvement project, with Oct. 9 bid opening for the second phase.

Launching a pilot social studies curriculum.

Develop a summer academy for faculty and students.

Further develop education and interventions on alcohol and drug abuse.

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