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$250,000 SOUGHT IN PIONEER SCHOOL INJURY

The parents of a girl who broke her arm in a gym class are seeking $250,000 from the Pioneer Central School District, the School Board was told this week. It was the second recent claim made against the district. Previously, the parents of a boy hit by a puck in a school hockey game had filed a claim for $115,000.

The two new claims came on the heels of an $11,751 settlement -- $7,335 in damages and $4,416 in court costs -- made on behalf of Krista Lee Schwab who lost a tooth when she was 7 years old in 1988 while using the Delevan Elementary School slide.

"When people hear of one settlement, it sometimes stimulates new claims," Superintendent Henry B. Heslop said.

This week's meeting was the last regular one for Heslop who is retiring.

In other business, the board:

Voted for the first time since 1981 to raise school lunch prices. Children in kindergarten through fourth grade beginning in September will pay 90 cents for a Class A lunch, up 10 cents, while all other students will be charged $1, up 15 cents from current prices.

Approved a request by Phoebe Nicely, the district's gifted and talented coordinator, to allow the 15-member class to attend next summer's Odyssey of the Mind gathering at Nashville. The pupils will raise the needed funds.

Completed its interview with Karen McGamwell of Strykersville, slated to succeed Dennis Kirst as a middle school assistant principal. Kirst is leaving to become superintendent of Whitesville Central School in Allegany County.

Awarded successive increases of 5, 5 and 6 percent over three years to the Reliable Maintenance Corp., the contractor cleaning the high and middle schools. The expiring contract is for $232,866.

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