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LEW-PORT SCHOOL BOARD ASKED TO RESTORE FUNDING FOR SUPPLEMENTARY PROGRAMS

The vice president of the Lewiston-Porter teachers union has asked the School Board to reconsider funding for some supplementary education programs that have been cut back, and board members have directed School Superintendent Walter S. Polka to make a recommendation on the matter at their Aug. 19 meeting. Marilyn Mead, the union vice president, said the programs are intended to help students before they begin to have serious problems with their school work. She said they prevent students from "falling through the cracks."

"Early intervention is the key to helping children along," said Mrs. Mead, who is a speech and hearing teacher at Lew-Port's North Elementary School.

She said the School Board might want to consider restoring some of the programs that have been trimmed back, such as counseling, occupational therapy, speech, remedial reading and remedial math.

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