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PIONEER LISTS PLANS FOR DEVELOPMENT GRANT

Pioneer Central School Superintendent David Kurzawa says the recently received $65,000 state grant for staff development largely will be applied to technology, curriculum and instruction techniques.

The board told Kurzawa to plan the district's 1995-96 budget on the expectation there will be no increase in state aid.

At this week's lightly attended School Board meeting, the board was told about the 1995-96 QUEST program, a plan started this year to complement the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. The 10 weekly classroom sessions for seventh-graders to express themselves and learn about problem-solving, decision-making, improving peer relationships and goal-setting. The program, also called Skills for Adolescence, includes a parent component where the same subjects are discussed by the parents. Kurzawa refrained from appraising the program's effectiveness pending a second year's experience.

Pioneer's "electronic doorway" libraries have gained the approval of the Western New School Library System.

The district's liability insurance carrier complimented the district on its safety measures that have resulted in minimal losses. The insurance representative recommended new locations for displayed art, unblocking the wood shop exit and housekeeping in the teachers' storeroom in the middle school.

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