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Tom Kopp, a teacher at Franklinville Central Elementary School, will replace Robert L. O'Connor as principal of the school at the end of June.

The School Board OK'd the move during a meeting last week.

O'Connor, who is retiring, has been principal at the elementary school for 21 years, and began his 35-year-career in education as a fourth- and sixth-grade teacher. He also worked as a summer school principal in the Olean City School District.

In March, O'Connor was selected by the School Administrators Association of New York State to receive the Region 12 Administrator of the Year award.

Kopp has worked for the district for 13 years, teaching in first through fifth grades. He also served as a summer school principal for five years.

In another matter, the board authorized borrowing $1.5 million to meet payroll and debt-service payments. Officials said the district would have run short on funds because of the delay in receiving state aid.

District Business Executive Penny Peters said the district must pay some financing costs and a 2 percent interest rate on the funds, which add about $30,000 to the budget.

Administrators also told the board about a plan to relocate the superintendent's and business offices to the high school to where the Special Education Department is located.

Superintendent Terry Dolan said he has always felt that the central office belongs in the high school but wanted to become established in his post before making the move.

Remodeling required by the move will come from the $20,000 remaining in the district's $14.75 million reconstruction capital fund that is now being closed out.

The special education staff will return to the elementary school and occupy space now used by the superintendent and business office.

In other matters, the board:

Accepted the resignation of Ruth Zuech, secretary for the Committee on Special Education, who was employed by the district for 18 years.

Scheduled a public hearing on the 2003-04 budget proposal for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school gymnasium. A vote is scheduled from 1 to 8 p.m. June 3 in the foyer of the high school gymnasium.

The ballot includes a $12.38 million spending plan and $140,000 bus-purchase proposition. Voters will also be asked to choose between incumbent School Board member Richard Chapman and former district employee Nancy Frazier.

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