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Lancaster

The community mid-week will be focused on what Lancaster students decide to pick as their new mascot choice to replace the retired ones.

Students at the William Street School, Middle School and third-grade representatives for each of the school district’s four elementary schools vote during their school day Tuesday. Their hand-written ballots will be taken to the High School overnight and then scanned into voting machines on Wednesday.

High School students vote throughout their school day on Wednesday, from 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the school cafeteria. When voting ends, the district will electronically tabulate via a spreadsheet the results districtwide.

The seven top student choices to be voted upon: the Alphas, Legends, Dragons, Pride, Jaguars, Red Hawks and Knights.

Student leaders on the mascot issue will present the students’ choice in a presentation June 8 to the School Board. A formal recommendation on the new mascot choice will be presented by Superintendent Michael J. Vallely to the board that same night. The board will make its decision that evening.

The School Board voted unanimously in March to retire the nearly 70-year-old Redskins mascot, triggering a divide in the community that still is raw among people on both sides of the issue.

District officials are using tight controls next week during voting, allowing media to interview students and take photographs but only during pre-arranged times set up in advance with the district.

This week:

• The town’s Youth Bureau is accepting registrations for its special Regents Exam preparation sessions from Monday through June 16 for the following subjects: Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trig, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Global History & Geography II, and U.S. History and Government. There is a limited number of openings, so students are urged to register as soon as possible at the Bureau from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 683-4444.

• The Town Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday in a work session, followed by its regular business meeting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.

• Town residents in the garage/yard sale mode are reminded to seek town-issued permits at least 10 days before their sales. An application must be completed and filed with the Town Clerk’s office before a yard sale permit is granted. The clerk’s office is open from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday at 21 Central Ave.

Town residents, excluding the villages of Lancaster and Depew, are permitted two yard sales a year, 30 days apart. Permits are valid for three consecutive days. Permits should be posted in a prominent spot at the site of the sale. For more information on yard sale permits, contact the Town Clerk’s office at 683-9028.