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Orchard Park increasing security when school is out

You'll see more security in Orchard Park schools when school is not in session if voters approve the proposed budget.

The $98.31 million budget includes money for continuing the school building safety and security program, Jeffrey R. Petrus, assistant superintendent for business and support services, said during Tuesday night's budget hearing.

"This year, in September, we did increase our safety and security in all of our educational buildings. We added security staff during the day  and also before school and after school when there were programs in each of the six buildings," he said.

The district will expand on that in the next school year.

"We're adding some coverage during the summer, when we have our programs in place, and also on Saturdays, when we have outside use of our facilities," Petrus said.

The proposed $98.31 million budget reduces teaching positions by two because of enrollment, while a special education teacher and aide will be added, Superintendent Matthew McGarrity said. The tax levy would go up 2.3 percent, which is within the tax cap

The district has implemented about $4 million in cost saving measures in recent years, including self-funded health insurance and a change in telephone service. The district also will save $135,000 a year in interest payments because it refinanced two sets of bonds for capital projects, Petrus said.




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