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The Enterprise — Marcello Iaia

A counter: Just before the Berne-Knox-Westerlo School Board voted, 3 to 0 with two abstentions, to approve a new memorandum of agreement with teacher aids and assistants, board member Vasilios Lefkaditis, center, presents his calculations of its cost and asks the board to hold a special meeting to examine the numbers. He and Gerald Larghe, beside him, abstained, warning that the district may not be able to afford the cost, with two other contracts yet to be settled. “I’m scared and I know better,” said Lefkaditis, a father of five children.