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BOARD AVOIDS COMMENT ON DWI CHARGE

The Niagara-Wheatfield School Board declined to comment Wednesday on the recent driving while intoxicated charge against its president.

Vice President Dorothy Repetski, who presided over the board meeting, told the crowded room that the school attorney had advised the board and school superintendent it "would be premature to comment at this time" on David C. Lapp, who was charged Sept. 27 by state police with the drunken driving misdemeanor.

The board went into executive session after some residents asked it to demand Lapp's resignation.

Lapp, 51, did not attend the meeting.

Lapp also was charged with following too closely after his car rear-ended another car that was stopped for a red light at Porter and Packard roads, police said. He is scheduled to face both charges tonight in Town of Niagara Court.

Judy Midzinski, a parent from Sy Road, said the board should demand Lapp's resignation immediately because of his "reprehensible behavior." If the board overlooked the incident, "what sort of hypocritical message would be sent to the district?" she asked.

Emma Wendt of Ward Road urged the board to "let him get the help he needs" but ask him to resign.

In another matter, the board hired two assistant principals, whom the board vice president described as "highly qualified and recommended."

John E. McKenna, a teacher on special assignment with the Niagara Falls School District, was appointed to the position at Colonial Village Elementary School. James R. Campbell, a teacher at Buffalo State College, was assigned to the senior high school. Their appointments are effective next week.

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