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BOARD WANTS COLLEGE DATA ON DRINKING, DRUGS

Before sending any more of its students off to college, the Orchard Park Central School Board wants to know what kind of alcohol and drug policies the college endorses.

The district also should "tell them what each child means to us," Trustee Judith Cummins said Tuesday.

The discussion came at Tuesday night's meeting, following a moment of silence in memory of Scott Krueger, a June graduate of Orchard Park High School who died last week after drinking too much at a college fraternity party in Boston, Mass.

"We really nurture them, and to see a cherished person die from such unfortunate circumstances is a tragedy," Ms. Cummins said.

Superintendent Charles Stoddart endorsed the idea of communicating with colleges.

"I would like to see our district interface with colleges," Ms. Cummins said.

The district could find out what policies and programs the universities have, and make that information available to parents, she said. The district also should inform colleges of Orchard Park's drug and alcohol programs, and urge them to continue the substance abuse education, she said.

"It can't stop at the graduation ceremony," she said.

The board plans to discuss its drug and alcohol programs at its next meeting at 7 p.m Oct. 20.

Also Tuesday, the board noted that the referendum on the $5.2 million facilities repair project will take place 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Orchard Park Middle School.

The critical needs repair project is the result of three years of examining the district's facilities, and comes after the defeat of last year's $19 million facilities and technology bond was defeated.

Vice President Ben Keller said that "$5.2 million is a real-boiled down number," adding that the vote is being conducted this month because "we really had no choice. We want to get the buckets out of the classrooms."

Buckets catching water from leaky roofs can be found in several district classrooms. The bond will pay for repairs to the roofs at four schools. If the bond is approved next week, repairs could begin in June.

The board also discussed placing mailboxes in each of the district's buildings to collect letters and suggestions from district residents.

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