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Single polling place is being considered for school vote

The Frontier Central School Board is trying to balance the need to save money with the convenience of voting as it debates having a single polling place for the annual vote on the budget and board.

Having one polling place instead of the current five would save $6,000 to $7,000 a year, according to Richard Binner, assistant superintendent for business.

The savings would be much less with two polling places because central registration would still be required, he said during Tuesday night's meeting.

But board members worried about the inconvenience to the public and parking problems if only one site -- possibly the high school -- is used.

An informal exit poll after last year's voting showed 60 percent of voters would accept a single site as a way of saving money, but the poll was far from complete.

"I don't want to make this decision for voters," board President Janet MacGregor Plarr said.

"To exclude someone [from voting if they lack transportation]? This should be a decision by the voters. I would like some feedback from the public."

A total of 3,700 people voted last year, but the average is 2,200.

Superintendent Robert S. Guiffreda continued his budget presentation and said that by far the biggest expense is salaries and fringe benefits.

They are projected to increase by more than $400,000, to $48.3 million next year.

The board approved eliminating five supervisory jobs and replacing them with three positions as part of a plan to streamline the administration and save $217,000 a year.

The new positions are the coordinators of elementary education, secondary education and technology education.

The board approved the creation of a temporary, part-time registered nurse position, effective today through June 30, and appointed Anna Love to the position. The move is necessary because of the shortage of substitute nurses, Guiffreda said.

It approved the appointments of Patrick Boyle and Kelly Stephenson to the new audit committee.

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