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DUNKIRK – Tax rates for the Dunkirk School District were reviewed during Thursday’s meeting of the Dunkirk Board of Education in the high school.

The City of Dunkirk tax rate will go down by about $71 per home, with a tax rate of $18.31 per $1,000 of assessed value. Town of Dunkirk residents will see a similar rate, and Town of Sheridan residents will see an increase of about 96 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

The district’s tax levy of $9.5 million was approved by the board, as was the tax warrant for bills to be prepared for mailing to property owners in September. Taxes will be collected without penalty until Oct. 17.

On another issue, Superintendent Gary Cerne said district officials will be meeting with counterparts from Silver Creek Central School to talk about shared services, which could result in tax credits for each district. He said he plans to review several areas of spending, including athletics.

Cerne said staff members will return Aug. 27 for a staff development day before the start of the school year. He also noted construction and maintenance for school district buildings are on schedule and will be ready for the start.

The superintendent also said the prekindergarten program will be based in district facilities – not in Fredonia’s Wheelock School, where it was last year. Parents who want to register children for prekindergarten should contact the school district office as soon as possible, he added. The program runs two hours each school day.

In other matters, the board:

• Scheduled a special meeting for 7:30 a.m. Aug. 25 to review recent resignations and replacements.

• Appointed the following school nurses: Stacie L. Bauer of Silver Creek, School 5; Sara Schreiner of West Seneca, School 3; and Erica A. Cole of Dunkirk, high school.