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Board votes in support of tax cuts

Silver Creek School Board members Wednesday adopted a resolution seeking state legislative support for proposed tax cuts.

In particular, board members chose major points from a resolution authored by the New York State Consortium of School Boards.

One proposal seeks a wage freeze if school property taxes are frozen, as well, with school employees required to pay a higher share of their health insurance premiums.

Also included in the motion is a request to reform the costs of special-education programs. The final point in the motion is a request for pension reform and consideration that public employees be required to contribute a larger share toward their pensions.

The motion was brought to the table in response to proposed cuts and caps in school tax revenue throughout the state.

In other matters, the public is invited to tour district buildings at 7 p.m. March 10 to determine areas needing improvements. The tour precedes a referendum March 24 on a proposed capital improvement project.

Superintendent David O'Rourke will host a school budget forum at 7 p.m. Thursday . in the high school auditorium.

"In 2011-12, New York State public schools will face the most difficult revenue challenges we've experienced in the past 20 years," O'Rourke said.

"By hosting a forum to help inform the community about the factors driving our budget challenges, we are taking a proactive step early in our budget development. It will be an opportunity to talk with the community about the difficult choices we face as a school in 2011-12," he said.

"It's also a chance for administration to listen to our residents and parents and to hear their concerns," he said.

O'Rourke will provide a brief presentation, along with Susan Arena, the district's business administrator. They will also entertain questions from residents.

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