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BOARD SETS '98-99 TAX RATES FOR 7 TOWNS

The Akron School Board has adopted a $4,871,087 tax warrant and set final 1998-99 tax rates for the seven towns in the district.

The tax rates are:

Newstead -- $14.05 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, down from $15.08 in 1997-98.

Clarence -- $14.73, up 79 cents.

Alden -- $20.59, down $1.36.

Royalton -- $19.17, up 43 cents.

Lockport -- $24.57, up $3.33.

Alabama -- $18.28, up 69 cents.

Pembroke -- $18.28, up 61 cents.

Total property assessed valuation is up $20 million, School Business Administrator Loraine Loewen said during a meeting of the School Board Tuesday.

In other matters the board:

Learned discussions are under way between the district and the Akron Faculty Association on a new teachers contract.

"Negotiations are progressing and another meeting will be held next week," Ms. Loewen said.

OK'd several staff appointments.

Granted student trips to Canada's Wonderland in Toronto Oct. 3 and a trip to Cape Cod for a whale watch April 29 through May 2, at no cost to the district.

Awarded a contract for teaching supplies to the low bidder, J.L. Hammett Co., at a cost of $9,844.

Adopted a two-year special-education plan for programs and services. Arthur Benton, the district's chairman of the special-education program, presented the plan to the board.

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