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Brocton ranks at top in technology education

BROCTON -- Brocton Central School District as been ranked as one of the Top 10 small schools in the nation in the educational field of technology.

District Superintendent John Skahill announced the honor Thursday night during a meeting of the Brocton School Board.

The award -- for schools with a student population of 2,500 or fewer -- comes from the National School Boards Association and the Center for Digital Education.

Dr. Brenda Peters, elementary principal, nominated Brocton for the award. Only one other New York State school, Briarcliff Manor, made the list. Brocton ranked 10th.

In other matters:

*School representatives from Brocton and other county districts will see a demonstration of a propane-fueled school bus at 10 a.m. Nov. 10 in the Brocton bus garage. Skahill said the district is currently considering alternative-energy buses that will save money. Next year, the district plans to budget for new buses.

Board member Camile Belcher said she hopes the district considers buses using other fuel, such as ethanol.

*An anti-bullying program has been initiated in the elementary schools, according to Peters.

*Business executive Betty Deland said she participated in a state School Boards Association "Webinar" recently. School districts, she said, were strongly advised to begin to cut back on spending in anticipation of funding cuts brought about by the economic downturn.

"We're really nervous about possible state funding cuts," she said.

*The board meets again at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in the high school conference room.

*The board also meets with the Fredonia School Board at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Fredonia High School library to hire a consultant for a feasibility study into merging the two districts.

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