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AMHERST, SCHOOLS SHARED PURCHASING IN THE PAST

I agree with The News Aug. 5 editorial regarding the need for town-school collaborations. Because taxpayers do not have separate pockets to pay for their town and school taxes, it is vitally important that municipalities and school districts cooperate and share services.

The editorial stated that it was sad that it took competition for state money to get municipalities and school districts thinking about collaborations and that it would be reasonable to ask: "How come you guys weren't doing this anyway?"

In the Town of Amherst, we were.

As a town Council member and liaison to the three Amherst school districts, I initiated meetings in 1993 to discuss ways to share services and save taxpayer money. As a result, Amherst and its three school districts began a series of collaborative efforts for the next two years. These efforts involved the purchase of road salt, street signs, landscaping mulch and gasoline, as well as the sharing of facilities for recreation and youth programs and consulting assistance for small projects by the Town's Highway and Engineering departments. Only by such town-school cooperation on a countywide basis will all taxpayers benefit.

penny F. Zeplowitz Williamsville

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