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CHANGE IN LATCHKEY PROGRAM OPERATOR PROTESTED

About 50 irate Cheektowaga-Sloan School District parents turned out Wednesday night to protest a change in the operator of the latchkey program at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary.

As of Oct. 31, Parents Answer Childcare of 100 Stradtman Road, Cheektowaga, operator of the district's morning and afternoon latchkey program for the past five years, will be replaced by Child Express, officials said.

Angry parents wanted to know why the operator was being switched and said they should have been notified directly by the district. A letter went out a couple of weeks ago from Dorothy DiPizio, operator of Parents Answer Childcare, notifying parents.

The district gave notice to Ms. DiPizio 30 days before the Oct. 31 termination date in accordance with contract terms, officials said. Ms. DiPizio, who was present Wednesday night, attempted to address the board but was not allowed to because she lives outside the district. Superintendent James P. Mazgajewski and board members explained that the decision was based on letters of complaint from some parents and a review of the program by Mazgajewski and Theodore Roosevelt Principal Thomas Slaiman.

Although officials would not give details of the complaints, they emphasized that none of them was tied to child mistreatment or abuse.

In other business, the board announced the resignation of cafeteria manager Kevin Kornowicz, who is leaving Nov. 8 to take a position with the Lancaster School District.

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