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Cheektowaga School Board approves spending $127,000 in state funds for Common Core

Cheektowaga Central School District officials have taken another step toward implementing the Common Core Learning Standards.

During its meeting Tuesday night, the School Board unanimously approved spending more than $127,000 for teacher and student materials for English Language Arts and math, including modules to support the Common Core curriculum.

Funding will come from the district’s portion of the State Textbook Aid Allocation Fund, which currently has a $127,651 balance. The district’s director of learning, Maureen George, said that the fund may be used for textbooks, learning materials and software. The aid must be spent, she said, or it will not be awarded to the district in future years. “The goal is to spend all that money,” she said.

As she explained the materials, George distributed samples of spiral-bound books to trustees and said that while some teachers had been printing modules in-house, having the materials printed professionally would be more cost-effective and would be expected to last five years.

In other business, the board approved retirement requests from special-education teacher Rosemary A. Maloney-Hoffman, who has worked for the district since 1979, and elementary school teacher Linda M. Cooper, who has served since 1995. Both retirements will be effective June 30.

Trustees also granted tenure to three staff members, including high school counselor Laurie A. Hutten, Pine Hill social studies teacher Erin E. Gannon and Union East first-grade teacher Marielle J. Foster.

Petitions for board candidates in the May 20 election are due in the District Office at the high school by 5 p.m. April 21. The two seats at stake are for five-year terms. Petition packets are available there between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on business days.

The board’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m. April 22 at the high school.

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