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State education aid is expected to increase by about $800,000 for the Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District next year, the School Board was told Wednesday.

District Business Executive Kerin Dumphrey said he has estimated that the total aid package from Albany would be $19,640,500 for 2001-02. The aid for this year has been budgeted at $18,886,158.

Dumphrey's presentation showed that basic state aid would go up by $400,000, while building aid would increase by about $111,000 and textbook aid by about $15,000.

Aid for programs run through the Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services would increase by about $300,000, he said.

The presentation on revenues was part of a series of budget reviews the board is hearing as part of budget preparations for this spring.

Board President Maureen Kaus asked Dumphrey what impact the recent property assessment reduction of the Summit Park Mall would have on district finances.

The Wheatfield Town Board recently agreed to reduce the assessment to $5.2 million from $10 million.

Dumphrey said the addition of 200 homes to the tax base would offset the mall loss.

In another matter, the board voted unanimously to dedicate the library media center in memory of Mary Bruce, a retired English teacher who recently died.

District teachers who were influenced by her had asked the board to make the dedication.

The board also heard complaints about the girls soccer fields, which were reported to be in need of repair. Kaus said the board plans to examine the fields as part of its upcoming tour of district facilities.

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