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The Dunkirk School Board on Tuesday created the position of assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction to replace the director of curriculum.

Trustee Rose Floramo opposed the new position.

"The superintendent can ask other people to do the work. The administrative payroll is $1 million for 2,100 students," she said. "Put the money in the classrooms."

Superintendent Carl Militello replied that the budget would not be increased.

"We need to align the curriculum to increase the test scores," he said. "That's our No. 1 mission, to focus on student achievement."

The board is discussing job duties before instituting a search to fill the new position.

Another issue in the meeting was recruiting minority staff.

Loretta Slaton Tourain of the NAACP asked about the numbers of minority staff and students.

Militello said about half the students, but less than 2 percent of employees, are minorities.

Board President Robert Barlette said the district tries to recruit minorities through advertising and contacting colleges with a large minority enrollment.

"It's a challenge for all districts in Western New York," Militello said.

In other action, the board hired staff for the extended-day programs for both the middle and high schools. The program targets students who need extra academic help. The focus will be on improving study skills, coordinator Jacqueline Hoak said.

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