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Eden Schools prepare for emergency drill next week

An emergency drill will test disaster readiness in the Eden Central School District next week.

District officials will conduct a drill Wednesday morning that will include the town’s emergency services departments. Superintendent Sandy Anzalone announced the drill during the Board of Education meeting Wednesday night.

“We feel very strongly in our district we need to be prepared,” she said in the junior-senior high school’s cafeteria.

The Eden and East Eden fire departments, Police Department and Emergency and Rescue Squad have helped the district coordinate the drill. Anzalone would not divulge details because the drill’s purpose is to measure how well personnel and students respond to a catastrophe.

“Our goal is to assess our readiness based on all the planning and drills we’ve done,” she said afterward.

Also at the meeting:

• Officials announced a public forum will allow residents to learn more about the veterans’ tax exemption.

Francis McLaughlin, the Erie County Veterans Service Agency’s director, plans to give a presentation at 5:30 p.m. July 2 in the junior-senior high school’s cafeteria. Residents will have a chance to ask questions about the exemption, which reduces veterans’ property taxes.

The exemption varies in each of the district’s five municipalities.

Planned as an informational session, the forum will not be part of the Board of Education’s reorganizational meeting later that night.

• Board members heard a presentation about the new format for elementary school report cards. The district plans to switch from quarterly report cards to trimesters.

New state-required standards caused the change, said Kelly LaRosa, curriculum director.

“It allows more focus on instruction and less formal assessment,” she said afterward.

• The board approved one-day furloughs for administrators. In the 2014-15 budget, officials included the unpaid days off to eliminate the gap between expenses and revenue.

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