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Orchard Park schools in line for scrutiny by state

Orchard Park will be one of the next local school districts to be audited by State Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi's office.

District officials said they have received a letter from Hevesi indicating that Orchard Park will be included in the next wave of school audits.

The review could begin as early as March 1, but no exact starting date was given.

Elsewhere in Erie County, audits are under way in the Akron, Lake Shore and Gowanda districts.

Hevesi's office has said that Springville is also on the list of local districts to be audited soon.

Audits also are being conducted in Allegany-Limestone and Hinsdale in Cattaraugus County, Bolivar-Richburg in Allegany County, Cassadaga Valley and Silver Creek in Chautauqua County and Warsaw in Wyoming County.

Other districts soon to be audited include Lewiston-Porter in Niagara County, Elba and Le Roy in Genesee County, Franklinville in Cattaraugus County and Holley in Orleans County;

Every school district in New York will be audited in the next five years, under a plan approved by the State Legislature this summer, in response to a series of school district financial scandals on Long Island.


Pellicano seeks fifth term on Board of Education

Paul A. Pellicano has announced that he will seek his fifth term on the Frontier Central School District Board of Education.

Pellicano, the district's representative on the Hamburg Industrial Development Agency, made the announcement during Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting.

The board approved the appointment of Richard Gray as football coach.

He is a physical-education teacher at the high school and former assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Buffalo Bills. He succeeds Terry Ostrander, who resigned.

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