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Dunkirk School Board makes change in schedule to make up for excess snow days

DUNKIRK – School in the Dunkirk School District will be in session four extra days – March, 30, 31 and April 1 and May 22 – to make up for the the season’s glut of snow days.

School Board members meeting Thursday said the extra days are needed to meet the required 180 days of classes.

In other matters, proposed 2015-16 year budget numbers also were reviewed.

The local share at $13.5 million is proposed to be approximately the same as last year, so there is no increase in proposed taxes at this point.

State aid numbers for the district have not been provided, so a final budget is not available. School leaders also are reviewing costs for special education for the next year’s spending plan.

The annual public hearing and vote were approved by members of the board of education.

The annual public hearing on the budget will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 12 . and the vote will be from noon to 9 p.m. May 19. Two three-year terms on the School Board also will be decided at the election. The seats are currently held by Claudia Szerbacki and Amy Ahlstrom.

Board members also announced that the the distict will not exceed the tax cap, which is 4.08 percent.

Voters also will be able to decide whether to fund a separate tax for the Dunkirk Free Library. If the resolution is passed, the public library will be able to levy a tax to the community to help pay for operational costs. The annual tax would be payable with school tax bills.

“If it is approved, the taxpayers would vote to pay $350,000 toward the libary,” School Superintendent Gary Cerne said.

“Basically our bottom line would be going up but we would turn that money over to the library,” he added. The board had eceived a petition from the library’s board of directors to include the item in the annual budget.

Also, an early graduation certificate was presented to Alondra Hernandez Rojas, who completed all requirements to receive a diploma after the first semester of her senior year. She attended the meeting in her graduation cap and gown to receive the diploma.

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