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Why not vet school volunteers?

A question arose at Tuesday night's Fredonia Board of Education meeting as to why people who do volunteer work in the school system don't need to be fingerprinted and have their backgrounds checked.

Board President Edith Bryne posed the question, saying, "Anyone else having contact with children has to have a background check."

Lead elementary school Principal James Detwiler explained that individuals must provide references before being approved as volunteers in the schools. He said the references are carefully checked.

Superintendent Paul DiFonzo said he will check with other school districts to see what they might be doing differently to approve volunteers and will bring back any new information.

In other business,

* Tonight the public is invited to attend the joint Brocton-Fredonia School Districts meeting, where a consultant will be named to conduct the two-district centralization feasibility study. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. in the Fredonia High School library.

* Business administrator John Forbes said he is keeping a watchful eye on the district's investments to move them when appropriate to more advantageous and secure interest rates and financial locations to protect the district's money.

* The high school newspaper recently won several awards in the state. The superintendent congratulated the students and staff involved, calling the newspaper "a very professional publication."

* The district administrative staff is developing a regulation to address procedures for K-12 student acceleration.

* The board meets again in regular session at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18, in the high school library. There will be no meeting Nov. 11, a legal holiday, and the school will be closed.

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