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SANBORN -- Proposed budgets for the three elementary schools and the middle school presented to the Niagara-Wheatfield School Board on Wednesday showed no significant increase.

Except for some requests for additional equipment spending, the four building principals kept their 2001-2 budgets within the maximum 2.5 percent increase that was directed by School Superintendent Judith Howard.

Edward Town Middle School Principal Tony Day asked for the equivalent of slightly fewer than two teaching positions to cover what he termed a "bubble enrollment" in seventh and eighth grades, each of which will go up by 40 students this fall.

These areas include a number of classes such as foreign language, music, choral instruction, art and a full-time sixth grade teacher, he said.

On Feb. 21, the board is expected to discuss the high school and athletic department budgets.

School Business Executive Kerin Dumphrey said the board would approve a proposed budget in late March or April, with the general public vote planned for May.

'Juveniles on Death Row' is event focus

LEWISTON -- Toshi Kazama, a photojournalist from New York City, is to present a photo presentation and lecture on "Juveniles on Death Row" at 4:30 p.m. today the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University.

Kazama's black-and-white photos depict juvenile offenders on death row in prisons in Alabama, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana and Tennessee. He will discuss his photographs and the perspectives he has gained from dealing with prison officials, inmates, lawyers and family members.

This free event is sponsored by the university's criminaljustice department. It is also an initiative of the Western New York Region of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty, including Reconciliation Network, Cephas Attica, Hope House of Buffalo and the Prison Action Connection of the Western New York Peace Center.

For information, call the museum at 286-8200.

Magazine editor to speak at Canisius

The Rev. John M. Staudenmaier, editor of the international journal Technology and Culture, will speak Feb. 15 at Canisius College.

His talk, at 2:30 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge of the Richard E. Winter Student Center on campus, is titled "In the Wake of World War II: The Crisis of Symbolic Meaning in Late 20th Century America." It will be free to the public.

Staudenmaier, a Jesuit priest and professor of history at the University of Detroit Mercy, is well-known as a scholar of technology and its impact on society and culture.

He is the author of "Technology's Storytellers: Reweaving the Human Fabric," a winner of the National Jesuit Book Award of Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities.

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