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>New group to guide urban design plan

JAMESTOWN -- The Downtown Jamestown Development Corp. announced Tuesday the formation of a new entity to guide the implementation of the city's recently adopted urban design plan.

Mayor Sam Teresi and retired businessman Kenneth Strickler will be co-chairmen of the Jamestown Renaissance Corp. The daily operations of the new corporation will be led by Lee Harkness, executive director of the Downtown Jamestown Development Corp.

The new entity will work to emphasize public-private partnership, promote economic development, establish goals and time lines for the urban design plan and provide leadership, officials said.


>District bringing back the 2-week spring break

JAMESTOWN -- Two weeks of spring vacation have been reunited for students of the Jamestown School District.

School Board members Tuesday night voted, 5-2, to change the calendar for 2007-08. In the 1990s, Jamestown and other districts voted to split the traditional two-week spring breaks into separate weeks of vacation.

School Board member Thomas Pope, who proposed the change, said he always believed a two-week spring break was best for students.

School Board member Timothy Thomas and board President Joe Pawelski voted against the change. Pawelski said the move could end up costing the district.


>Meeting will discuss 'school to work' program

MAYVILLE -- Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards will meet early in February with human resources directors from several businesses in an effort to develop a countywide "school to work" program.

"This type of program has been extremely successful in other parts of the country, and I am excited that we have an opportunity to explore the implementation of such a program countywide here in Chautauqua," Edwards said.

State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, and the county executive recently toured such a program at Dansville High School in the Livingston County community.
"Their program was geared solely in participation with one local company," Edwards said. "It is my hope that we might be able to implement a program in Chautauqua County that will encompass many different school districts and numerous businesses."

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