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Budget draft trims $800,000

The latest draft of the Fredonia Central School District's 2006-07 budget totals $25.9 million, a decrease of nearly $800,000 over the previous draft.

Business Administrator John Forbes told the School Board Tuesday that the latest draft "is not the final one. There still are a number of big-ticket items that need to be resolved," including costs for health insurance and special education.

Among budget impacts are costs for teachers' retirement, up $78,107, and health insurance, which is expected to increase by more than $152,000.

Salaries and benefits in the draft increased $831,901, or 5.28 percent. Utility expenses are expected to increase about $90,000. Cleaning services will rise almost $14,000 due to the increase in the minimum wage.

The annual budget hearing is set for May 9 in the high school library, following the regular 6:30 p.m. board meeting.

The annual budget vote will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. May 16 in the high school cafeteria. Members of the community who have questions about the budget can e-mail

There is one five-year board seat up for re-election this year. Petitions to run for the seat must be submitted to the district office by April 13. Incumbent Michael McEntarfer, now board vice president, said he has not yet decided whether to run again.

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