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PEMBROKE DESIGNATED STATE PILOT SCHOOL TASK FORCE IS DEVELOPING SKILLS PROGRAM FOR DISTRICT

Pembroke Central School has been named one of the pilot schools in the state's new Excellence and Accountability Program, according to Superintendent William C. Cala.

As the only district in the Genesee-Wyoming region selected for the program, Pembroke will be charged with developing ways to ensure that graduates can perform vital skills, Cala said. "Students will be kept in school until they can meet those standards," he added.

Defining those skills is now being pursued by a task force of students, teachers, administrators, school trustees and others, Cala said.

The Pembroke superintendent said that the district will manage to get through the 1990-91 school year by reducing certain expenses to balance a $70,000 loss in state aid. "We lose about 1.9 percent of our state said," Cala said. "We hadn't planned for the loss, but we'll make cuts."

He was less optimistic about the 1991-92 school year. "Preparing next year's budget will be a nightmare," he said.

Helping him will be the district's new high school principal, Robert D'Angelo, 38, who had spent last year as assistant principal. The North Tonawanda resident formerly had taught in the Cheektowaga and Royalton-Hartland districts.

D'Angelo was appointed to the $57,000 position when Ralph Wilson, a transplanted Floridian, resigned after a year in the job.

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