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School Board approves dividing spring break

JAMESTOWN -- The Jamestown School Board on Tuesday night approved splitting the two-week spring break for the 2006-07 school year.

The 4-2 vote was preceded by a discussion about whether to align with the calendar of the Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

School Board President Joseph Pawelski said the first week of vacation would fall in the third week in February and the other in the second week in April.

In another matter, the board entertained a plea for accountability from family members of two former students who have accused a band booster assistant of sexual abuse in 2001. A state appeals court in January overturned a previous ruling that the alleged victims waited too long to file the suit. They are seeking $4 million each in damages.


School year to follow BOCES calendar

SILVER CREEK -- The school calendar for 2006-07 will follow the BOCES calendar with a split break for students, School Board members learned Wednesday, and not all were pleased with the choice.

Jill Shaw said she wanted the district to explore a system in which breaks were taken at different times.

"The end of marking periods would make natural times for breaks," she said. "I wish we would make the decision based on educationally sound principles," she added.

Silver Creek schools, like many others, will be closed next week and again near the Easter holiday.

Teachers were questioned about the calendar, but there was no clear preference, according to a teacher's union representative.


Directorship to be filled at Aging/Youth Bureau

WARSAW -- Wyoming County supervisors Tuesday said they are interviewing for the open director's position at the county Office of the Aging and Youth Bureau.

Pike Supervisor Larry Rogers said four people have been interviewed. Deb Schmitt recently left the post to become county commissioner of social services. The Office of the Aging and Youth Bureau is in a county building on Mungers Mill Road in Silver Springs.

Rogers made the report at Tuesday's board meeting to senior citizens from Arcade and Attica who use county Office of the Aging services.


'Glass Menagerie' opens Friday at Fredonia State

JAMESTOWN -- "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams is the first Walter Gloor Mainstage Series production for 2006 at Fredonia State College.

The play will open in Bartlett Theatre, at Rockefeller Arts Center, beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, with the following performances scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday and next Thursday through Feb. 25 and a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The play is directed by Mary Charbonnet, professor of theater.

For tickets, call the Central Ticket Office at 673-3501.

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