The Clarence Central School Board Monday reviewed a report on last year's athletic program that shows 23 of 26 varsity teams received scholar-athlete status from the state's Public High School Athletic Association.
The report, prepared by Athletic Director Greg Kaszubski, notes that 10 of 11 teams achieved scholar-athlete status in the fall, seven of nine in the winter, and six of six in the spring. All 12 of the varsity girls programs received the designation.
Also, two Clarence teams -- golf and girls outdoor track -- were crowned as state champions, bringing the school's total to five. Kaszubski said only two other school districts in the state have had more state champions.
Board President James A. Powers said the report "says to the community that this is an outstanding program, both from an athletic and an academic standpoint."
The report also shows an increase in total participation in athletics from the 1995-96 school year. The overall percentage at the high school was 50 percent, up from 49 percent the previous year. The overall participation rate at the middle school was up 7 percentage points from 1995-96.
In other business, the board approved 14 teaching appointments, including 10 teachers to replace staff members who retired or resigned, two due to anticipated enrollment increases this fall and two part-time teachers whose 1996-97 appointments ended June 30.
Daniel A. George, director of personnel, said he expects an "across-the-board" increase of more than 100 students when school resumes in September. He noted that the district has experienced an annual growth of 100 to 150 students for the last eight or nine years.
The board also accepted school bus bids totaling nearly $486,000. Central NY Coach Sales was awarded a contract for six 72-passenger buses at a cost of $69,671 per bus, and Gorman Bus Sales was awarded a contract for two 20-passenger buses, at a cost of $33,983 per bus.
Voters approved a $495,000 bus proposition last month.