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16 teachers, 2 aides to take early retirement incentive

Sixteen Orchard Park Central teachers will take advantage of an early retirement incentive offered by the district.

The School Board on Tuesday night approved their retirements and the retirement of two teacher's aides. Together, the 18 employees represent 484 years of service to the district, said Cam Morton, assistant superintendent for human resources.

Board members also adopted the 2012-13 budget Tuesday night. The $83.64 million budget will increase the tax levy 3.67 percent. It is under the district's tax cap of 3.68 percent.

The retirements are expected to save $1.5 million in the 2013-14 budget year, Superintendent Matthew P. McGarrity said.

There will be no savings realized on next year's budget, due to the payouts under the incentive. McGarrity declined Tuesday night to reveal details of the incentive because he had not signed the agreement. The last retirement incentive took place 10 years ago, district officials said.

All but four of the teachers have more than 20 years with the district, and eight have more than 30 years.

The teachers retiring at the end of the school year include Douglas Barry, Sandra Beers, Michael J. Behm, Suzanne Craik, Angelo Daluisio, Denise Drumsta, Jeanne Dryja, Robert Ferrentino, Carol Fitscher, Denise Gimlin, Noreen Kulczyk, Donald Lorentz, Joan McAllister, Kevin Schhott, Cynthia Schwab and Walter Stefani. Teacher's aides Donna Faulhaber and Janet Jahnke also are retiring.

Meanwhile, the budget proposal passed Tuesday night is unchanged from the one presented to the School Board last month. The budget reinstates 50 percent of the elementary gifted and talented program that was cut last year to save money.

It also eliminates Saturday student suspensions at the high school and a teacher's aide position. Conference and supply money would be reduced, while increased special-education instruction needs would be met.

The budget increases speech services, moves special-education services from BOCES to the district and returns the athletic director position to full-time.

The public will vote from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 15 at the high school. Residents also will consider spending $680,000 to buy three buses, three van-type buses and two universal wheelchair van-type buses and elect two School Board members.