Twenty-two Cheektowaga Central High School students scored high enough in national exams to receive college credit for advanced-placement courses in a trial program during the 1990-91 school year.

However, another advanced-placement program, offered by Medaille College at Cheektowaga Central and other high schools, is being discontinued, the Board of Education was told Monday.

Results of the national tests were very encouraging and indicated the school's participation for its first year in the program was highly successful, said Principal James G. Christmann.

A total of 28 Cheektowaga Central students took the national exams, administered by the College Board organization, after taking college-level courses at the school in history, biology, calculus, economics, chemistry or English.

In addition, 18 got credits from Medaille, and 13 received credits from Villa Maria College for a psychology course.

Christmann said the program with Medaille, offered for several years, is being discontinued because it has not been as successful a recruitment tool as the college had hoped, and the college "didn't have the time to monitor the program as they would wish."

"Niagara University approached us to fill the gap" left by Medaille's withdrawal, Christmann said. The board authorized a program with Niagara on a trial basis.

The advanced placement courses at the school are free to district students, but there is an exam fee, $65 for the College Board test, to qualify for the college credit. Credits earned in the national tests are more widely accepted than those awarded by individual colleges.

The board voted to restore girls' swimming as a varsity sport, after receiving assurances from the sport's supporters that at least 12 girls have made a commitment to participate for the entire season.

Board President Leon S. Regent questioned permitting junior high school girls to participate on the team, since the board has been pushing efforts to develop the junior high as a separate institution. The board approved a recommendation requiring junior high students to have passing grades in all subjects and satisfactory conduct to participate in extracurricular activities and sports. Regent dissented. Trustees James F. Mietlicki and Leonard J. Lorenz Jr. were absent.

The board also:

Learned of the retirement of Mary Korkuc, a Union East teacher for 26 years; Joseph McHale, an English teacher at the high school for 29 years; and Earl Loder, Pine Hill School head custodian and a district employee for 33 years. Joseph Chojnacki is being recalled to replace McHale.

Scheduled a special meeting for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 to set the tax rate.

Approved the appointment as curriculum coordinators of Robert Jakubowicz, art; Marjorie Schallmo, English, and Martha Pecora, home and careers.

Authorized Paul Steinig, athletic director, to attend an administrators' conference in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 14-18.

Went into closed session to discuss personnel matters, and the district's insurance advisory board, about which Regent said he had "a grave concern."

Awarded a contract to Mid-American Natural Resources Inc. for natural gas at $2.55 per thousand cubic feet.

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