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A proposal to use students' school attendance records as one basis for determining whether they are allowed them to participate in sports and extracurricular activities was removed from the Lockport School Board's agenda at the start of Monday's meeting.

Board President Charles Sobieraski referred the matter to the Policy Committee, where it will apparently receive more study.

During the public forum portion of the meeting, Daniel Rich, spoke on behalf of the Center for Independent Living in Niagara Falls. He said the center, which services disabled persons in Niagara and northern Erie counties, "wants to see the proposal administered on a case-by-case basis."

He said it is important for disabled and homebound students to be able to participate with others in extracurricular activities and social events, adding that the center "will assist the Lockport School District in any way we can."

Under the proposal by High School Principal Bruce T. Fraser, a student who is absent more than 10 percent of school days would have to present documented reasons to participate in school dances, sports, clubs and other activities. An appeal process would be available.

In other business, the board:

Contracted with Micro Warehouse Inc. of South Norwalk, Conn., the lower of two bidders, to purchase a Virtual PC 3.0 with Windows 98 software for $17,784.

Approved an indoor track program for girls and boys in grades 9-12 for the months of November through March at an estimated cost of $15,000.

Accepted a $4,600 donation from the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs of Lockport for championship banners for all teams that compete at a varsity level to be displayed at the high school gym.

Congratulated three high school musicians who will be in the All-State Band in Rochester. They are Tracey Byrd, baritone sax; William Huff, trumpet, and Naomi Kyle, clarinet.

Approved a field trip for the cross-country teams Oct. 22-23.

Reappointed John Testa home and careers teacher at North Park Middle School at $29,750 annually, replacing Mary Jane Fonte.

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