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The Holland Central School Board announced this week that it received a $9,000 state Education Department grant to conduct an efficiency study of the district's lunch program.

Earlier this fall Business Administrator Thomas Bagley presented the board a report that said the program was costing more money than it was bringing in.

The district increased lunch prices this year in an attempt to close the deficit.

"It is not the intention of the (school) board to close down" the lunch program, board President Robert Peters said, attempting to squelch talk in the community that the district was going to contract the program out to a private firm.

"It's too bad we can't take the $9,000 (grant) and apply it to the program," Trustee Michael Liddle said. "It would go a long way to eliminating the deficit." A committee of Trustees Faye Teluk and Liddle were appointed to address the problem, with board Vice President Glenn Kline serving as the alternate.

In other business, the board:

Appointed Jeffrey Barthelme assistant middle school principal. Barthelme replaces James Biryla, who succeeds Ronald Roma as principal at the high school. Roma accepted a similar position at Maryvale High School, while Barthelme comes from the Cleveland Hill School District.

Accepted the resignation of music teacher Evonne Michel. Ms. Michel has accepted a position in the Williamsville School District, according to Superintendent Peter Roswell. He said a replacement for Ms. Michel will be recommended to the board by its next meeting Oct. 22. Roswell also said the fall concert is not affected by the resignation and will go on as scheduled this month.

Authorized Bagley to attend the state Association of School Business Officials workshop in Buffalo next Tuesday and new transportation director Perry Oddi to attend a statewide school bus driver training course in Syracuse for five days in February. Roswell said Oddi will then be certified to train district employees. The cost of the seminar is $1,000, which includes lodging. It is 75 percent state aidable, Roswell said.

Unanimously authorized the reinstatement of the Ski Club after advisers Sue Ferguson and Gail Brade requested that seventh- and eighth-graders be eligible to join. The teachers said the club was disbanded last year because the club was not able to meet the minimum requirement of 20 participants. The club will ski at Kissing Bridge.

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