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The proposed 2001-02 Fredonia School District budget will be trimmed, Superintendent James Coon promised members of the School Board at Monday night's meeting.

"We have everything that we would like to have for the 2001-02 budget. The budget has to be cut," he said.

The $23.6 million spending plan is an increase of $1.2 million, or 6.9 percent. The proposed budget includes $4.3 million in debt service for the $33.5 million Vision 2000 capital project, which will be offset by state aid.

Coon said the increase has to be cut by half, at least.

New staffing requests totaling $258,000 include a teacher for driver's education, foreign language, computer technology and primary school English.

Other requests include a sixth-grade transition teacher, part-time high school mathematics teacher and a part-time school psychologist.

"We are in the process of reviewing them," Business Administrator John Forbes said of the requests.

But Coon said all of the requests will not be met.

"We have a pretty good idea (of what is going to be cut)," he said. "We can't meet all of those requests and still cut our increase in half."

The spending plan is a work in progress, too.

The budget does not reflect costs for health insurance, teacher retirement and fuel and electricity. It also does not include any revenue from the state or the final assessed value of the district.

"This is our paring-down time of the year," Coon said.

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