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Carl S. Militello, superintendent of the Wellsville Central School District, will become superintendent of the Dunkirk School District on March 1.

The six of the nine trustees who were at Thursday night's special Board of Education meeting unanimously approved the appointment. Trustees Laurie Bekeleski, Diana Gonzalez and Roosevelt Haynes were absent.

Militello will have a three-year contract, with a starting salary of $94,000 and no "perks," board President Adelino Gonzalez Jr. said.

"It was a lengthy process. We had three finalists. Dr. Militello has been in a district with a population in a city like Dunkirk," Gonzalez said.

"He was always willing to listen. He was not shy and answered all questions. The students like the way he answered their questions," he added.

Gonzalez expects Militello to be in the district about the middle of February to work with Superintendent Terry Wolfenden, who is retiring Feb. 29, after serving in the post since 1985.

Militello, who was not at the meeting, plans to purchase a home in the district, Gonzalez said.

On another topic, Joseph Sweeny, president of the Dunkirk Teachers Association, said a four-hour negotiating session was held Thursday. Another session will be held next Thursday. Both Sweeny and Gonzalez would not comment on the state of the negotiations. The teachers' contract expired June 30, 1996.

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