The Elma Town Board is expected to approve a partnership with the Iroquois Business Academy in which the town would hire its students in an internship program at minimum wage.
Academy representatives Greg Merkle and James Whalen outlined how the plan would work at a Town Board work session Wednesday.
Whelan said there are 55 students in the academy in grades nine to 12. Certain courses they take can be used as college credits at Medaille College.
Students are expected to complete at least one credit of the following courses to graduate from the academy: advanced accounting, business communications, marketing, corporate media presentation or banking and credit. Some of the courses give one credit, others one-half and, depending on the course, can be taken in the junior or senior years.
Two students will work in the town assessor's office during spring break later this month. In April, the school will have another week's vacation, and two different students will be trained.
Merkle said other businesses also are hiring students and added that six other schools have a similar program. Iroquois, for example, started a program a few years ago run by business teacher Jack Hurley.
On another matter, Supervisor Michael Nolan said the town's portion of Erie County's extra tax revenues is expected to be $129,000 and would come to the town in 2007. He said the town wants to use the money to lower the tax rate for the highway budget, which currently is $225,000.