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Fredonia schools set budget hearing

A public hearing for the proposed 2007-08 budget of $26.4 million for Fredonia Central School District is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 8 at the start of the board's meeting in the high school library.

The board Tuesday night approved the proposed budget, which features a $927,395 spending increase from this year's spending plan. The tax levy, $12.1 million, is a 3.75 percent from this year's.

The proposed tax rates are: Pomfret, $93.96 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, an increase of $3.32; Arkwright, $28.62, up $1.01; Portland, $27.53, up 97 cents; Sheridan, $25.61, up 91 cents; and Dunkirk, $22.60, up 80 cents.

District residents vote on the budget from 2 to 9 p.m. May 15 in the high school cafeteria.

Residents also will be voting for candidates to fill two five-year terms of office on the board. Running are incumbents Anita Ray and Roberta Coniglio. Ray, who is seeking her third term, currently is board clerk. Coniglio is looking to secure her second term of office. She is the board's vice president.

Also running are Michael Bobseine, a local attorney, and David Giambrone, a retired Fredonia Central School teacher and interim principal.

In other business, the board:

*Announced Buffalo Speech & Hearing will rent seven classrooms in Wheelock School for the sum of $30,000.

*Approved the district's commitment for BOCES services for 2007-08 in the amount of $1.9 million.

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