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HOLLAND SCHOOL BOARD TO CONSIDER DEAL WITH BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

The Holland Board of Education on Wednesday gave the nod to Superintendent Garry Stone to pursue a joint venture with the Boys & Girls Club of Holland.

Stone said club representatives approached him last month about working together on a new site for the club.

"They thought there might be a possibility of doing something here on campus," Stone said. "I see some real benefits for the school, especially after school."

Ray Pfiffer and Brian Tavernier of the Boys & Girls Club began looking for alternative sites after they deemed the current location in a former church building on Route 16 south of the hamlet is unsafe, the superintendent said. Route 16 is a heavily traveled road, which might pose a risk for children.

Stone said he will contact school districts that have similar programs to determine if locating a Boys & Girls Club on the high school campus on North Canada Road is feasible. If legal or financial problems surface, however, consideration for the plan will be dropped, Stone said.

In other action, a revised code of conduct limits cell phone use at the high school. Students must now leave their cell phones turned off and in their lockers. The School Board said the ruling was prompted by the camera accessory on many cell phones.

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