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AKRON ASKED TO RECONSIDER HOLDING CLASSES IN BASEMENT

Representatives of the Akron Parent-Teachers Association urged the School Board Wednesday to reconsider its decision to move sixth-grade classes to the basement of the high school.

They expressed concern over a lack of fresh air in the basement, the lighting, noises from shop areas, motors, boilers and electrical equipment as well as hazards posed by radon gas.

PTA President Karen Kleparek asked the board to cooperate in seeking a more suitable area, preferably the new wing between the elementary and high schools.

"The basement is the worst possible location in our complex," she said. "Odors of all kinds currently flourish in this area due to shop and art classrooms."

Board President James A. Berry said that "when we first started planning we thought of the new wing, but for a variety of reason we decided it would not be a good location. It was a unanimous decision by the board and we feel we did the best possible job." High School Principal Ronald Black said, "There have never been any problems down there and I feel this is an ideal area."

He said the rooms are being renovated, the heating system is more than sufficient, the ventilation is good and rest rooms are being installed.

In other matters, Berry named Black chairman of a committee that will meet at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 20 to discuss problems and details of upcoming changes in the kindergarten and sixth-grade programs. Parents and teachers will be elected to the committee.

Mrs. Kleparek asked that representatives from the PTA be included in the committee planning the program changes. "This will allow legitimate concerns and ideas to be publicly addressed and considered before the board makes any final decisions," she said.

She also requested the release of information on the circumstances that led to the resignation of Linda Ditmars, a district music teacher.

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