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New teaching positions for driver's education, foreign languages and computer technology are among the staffing requests reviewed Monday by the Fredonia School Board for the 2001-02 budget.

According to Superintendent James Coon, the requests also include a primary school English teacher, a sixth-grade transition teacher, a part-time high school mathematics teacher and a part-time school psychologist.

A preliminary budget figure was unavailable. Coon said overall spending will increase because of the school district's $33.5 million Vision 2000 building and renovation project, but it will be offset by state aid.

Coon said the district will try to find a middle school foreign language teacher who can teach French and Spanish.

The computer technology teacher would instruct teachers and students on how to integrate technology with instructional programs.

"They would be actually teaching other teachers," the superintendent said. ". . . This (technology) teacher may come and model lessons based upon the use of technology, different software packages . . . or how they (the students) might do research on the Internet."

If the staffing requests cannot be met, Coon said, there will not be a language course, and driver's education will be classified as a service and not as a class.

The board may make recommendations at its next meeting, he said.

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