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Brocton school tax rate approved

The Brocton Board of Education approved final tax rates Thursday for its current budget.

The rates, per $1,000 assessed valuation, are Portland, $41.192; Pomfret, $124.949; and Stockton, $25.539. The total amount to be raised by the tax levy is $4.3 million.

The district will be reimbursed $1.2 million under the STAR program.

Business Administrator Betty Deland announced that the district has received the largest scholarship bequest in its history -- $69,464.72 from the estate of John D. Rondenell.

The board awarded Rondenell, a World War II veteran, his Brocton High School diploma in his later life in recognition of his contributions and service to his country.

He had been unable to finish high school because of his enlistment in the military.

Deland also noted that the district's cafeteria is in the black again because of the efforts of Judy Oakes, its manager.

Her services are shared by the Brocton and Fredonia Central school districts.

A overview and update of the current capital project in the district's school building will be presented at the board's Sept. 15 meeting, which will begins at 7 p.m. in the school.

The board approved the purchase of two new student transportation vehicles, at a total cost of $97,000.

The resignation of library and media specialist Sarah Hart was accepted. Jolene Becker was appointed to fill the position.

Former head bus driver Kenneth Roberts has been named director of transportation.