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Depew Union Free School District Superintendent Jeffrey R. Rabey shed an early light last week on some budget numbers the district faces heading into budget planning for the upcoming 2015-16 school year, noting that it’s already known there are $873,534 more in expenses or a 3.28 percent increase for the next fiscal year in negotiated pay raises and increased health insurance costs.

Rabey highlighted a projected health insurance increase of 7.85 percent, equivalent to $432,732 in additional funds, in addition to projecting a 3.91 percent increase in negotiated employee salaries for a total increase of $698,833 in that category. Offsetting those anticipated increases is a projected 7.89 percent drop in the state retirement system expenses.

District enrollment figures show Depew had 1,986 students in the 2010-11 school year, compared to 1,813 students for the current year.

The School Board and administration plan to review proposed revenues in February and finalize building and department budgets, as well as review the potential need for reductions. The board’s next meeting is 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in the cafeteria of the high school on Transit Road.

The board approved three new courses for students. They are: College Success Skills; Careers in Visual Arts taught by the Art Department; and Introduction to Business Management by the Business Department.

The Feb. 6 deadline to register players for the first-ever Depew Schools Alumni Basketball Game on Feb. 28 is fast approaching. Former basketball players from Depew schools are invited to play during the first annual alumni basketball fundraiser game from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 28 in the high school gymnasium.

Former members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams are eligible to play. A $15 player registration fee is due by Feb. 6. Registration forms are online at www.depewschools.org. Proceeds support the district’s basketball programs.

On game day, old uniforms will be available for purchase and fans can cheer on a favorite former play for $1.

This week:

• The Village Board meets at 6 p.m. Monday in a work session, followed by its 7 p.m. business meeting in the council chambers of the Municipal Building, 85 Manitou St.

• The Village Preservation Party of Depew will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at its new headquarters at 5150 Broadway. Anyone interested in joining the party or volunteering to help re-elect Mayor Steven Hoffman is invited. For more information, contact depewpreservationparty@gmail.com or visit the group’s Facebook page.