What you need to know: Concern about budget cutbacks died down as the district received additional state aid to keep programs, class sizes and staffing intact, though the administration remains concerned about Gap Elimination Aid, which totals at least $22 million, including next year. There will be some staff reductions, though the district said exact amount remains unknown, due to declining enrollment and possible retirements not yet known. “The whole budget is tight,” said Jamie Phillips, assistant superintendent.
Candidates (Elect 3):
• Marie MacKay (i), 52, M&T Bank senior corporate trainer for residential mortgage
• Susan Malyszka, 38, works for health services organization in Buffalo
• Patrick Uhteg (i), 43, teacher in Depew School District
• Michael Sage, 36, assistant vice president at a Western New York bank
Click here for more on the candidates, including their positions on key issues: http://elections.buffalonews.com/electionresults/com/25
Total budget: $97,487,806, up 2.87 percent
Tax levy*: $47.78 million, up 3.42 percent
Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 3.53 percent
Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $16.85 in Lancaster, up 2.68 percent; $27.18 in Cheektowaga, up 2.68 percent; and $343.87 in Elma, up 2.69 percent
Spend $948,809 from the district’s bus reserve fund to buy seven 65-passenger buses and one 42-passenger, wheelchair-accessible bus.
Polls open: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Java gym at Lancaster High School, 1 Forton Drive.
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