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School Board seeks grant to explore joint services Three other districts plan to cooperate

The Silver Creek School District agreed to apply for a shared services grant with Dunkirk, Fredonia and Forestville schools.

Board members unanimously approved the measure during a meeting Wednesday.

J. Richard Rodriguez, interim superintendent for the Dunkirk School District, will oversee the grant, designed to explore ways for the four districts to share services. Each district will contribute $1,000 in start-up funds.

The grant application will be submitted to the state in January.

"I encourage your support," said district Superintendent Gordon Salisbury, who said he views the initiative as a means of beginning dialogue among the districts.

He said preliminary areas for shared services may include anything from transportation to school calendars.

Salisbury said the grant will not be to explore staff reductions. He also noted the grant request officially has been embraced by the other three districts.

On another issue, Salisbury said the district in January will unveil a major capital project costing between $9 million and $10 million.

He said the proposed cost is in keeping with the five-year plan approved by the board. Salisbury added that an architect will discuss the project when the board meets Jan. 10. The project would be funded through building aid and reserve funds. He added that the cost can be absorbed "without any stress to the taxpayers."

Salisbury said the issue will require a districtwide vote, possibly in the spring.

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