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> BATAVIA SCHOOLS

2011-12 budget approved by residents in new vote

BATAVIA -- Voters in the Batavia City School District approved a $39.4 million budget for 2011-12, down slightly from the spending package rejected last month.

The revamped budget -- approved 568-389 -- lowers a proposed property tax increase from 5.75 percent to 4 percent. Money from reserve accounts was used to maintain most programs. Some programs and teacher's aides were eliminated, and funding was cut for athletics.

The original proposal of $39.9 million was rejected by 60 votes out of nearly 1,000 cast.

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> SALAMANCA HIGH SCHOOL

Annual reunion set July 9 for classes of '51 and '61

SALAMANCA -- The Salamanca High School Alumni Association will hold its annual reunion July 9 in Premier Banquet Center, Olean.

The Class of 1961 will celebrate its 50th reunion, while the class of 1951 will mark its 60th reunion.

A slate of officers will be presented for voting. Nominees are: Howard Peterson, president; Patricia Kyler, vice president; Mary Ann Reed, secretary; and Joan Budzinski, treasurer.

A social hour will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. followed by dinner, with reservations due by July 1. Contact Budzinski, Box 22, Kill Buck, NY 14748.

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> HEAD START

Chautauqua Opportunities receives $2.35 million grant

Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. has been awarded a federal grant of $2,356,678 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support its Head Start projects in Chautauqua County, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, reports.

Through its Head Start programs, Chautauqua Opportunities identifies causes of poverty in families and measures their progress to self-sufficiency. The agency also follows the progress of its youngsters through 12th grade.

Last year, Chautauqua Opportunities was one of 10 organizations across the nation designated as a "Center of Excellence" in Early Childhood Education for its Head Start programs.

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> GCC

Three projects anchor campus construction season

BATAVIA -- Genesee Community College will spend more than $600,000 this summer on three construction projects on the Batavia campus, where the second of two summer school sessions has drawn the second-best turnout in the college's history.

Concrete will be replaced at the main entrance, a courtyard will be built next to the Conable Technology building, and new lighting will be installed at the tennis courts. General construction by V.J. Gautieri Inc. of Batavia will cost $419,715 and electric work by Kaplan Schmidt Electric of Pittsford is a $212,000 project.

Meanwhile, about 1,500 students are enrolled for summer school, with a second session to begin July 5.

Every high school graduate in the four-county area served by GCC is eligible to take two summer courses, with a scholarship offsetting the cost.