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Cheektowaga Central High School students will have a chance to take some new courses next year.

The Cheektowaga Central School Board Monday approved seven new high school electives for the 1999-2000 school year.

There have been requests for some new courses, Principal George Radka explained.

The staff tried to devise electives that were appealing and different, but still fit in with the state's higher standards and prepared students for life after graduation, administrators said.

"All these (electives) help to complement the new standards and help meet the appropriate needs of today," said Delia Bonenberger, district director of learning and technology.

The new electives include: "The Company," a business course, where students learn how to operate a company; "The Shape of Things -- And Why," a technology course; a computer-networking elective, where students learn how computers work; "Media and Cultural Studies;" "Children's Reading," a home and careers course; "Career and Personal Resources of Life;" and a fifth year of Spanish.

Some board members, however, weren't in favor of all the electives, such as Children's Reading, a course that includes having the students read to younger children.

"It's nice, but what's the value?" said Trustee Jerome E. Poplawski. "I just can't find anything in it of substance."

No new teachers are needed to teach the new electives. In fact, the new electives will be taught only if enough students register for the courses, school officials said.

In other business, the board approved coaching assignments for spring sports.

Coaches appointed were: Jerry Slawek, varsity baseball, for a $2,852 stipend; Karin Poseluzny, co-coach for varsity softball, for a $1,676 stipend; Lori Conti, co-coach for varsity softball, $1,676; Jason Krasinski, boys' varsity tennis, $2,852; Jim Maurino, boys' varsity track, $2,852; Nick Bordonaro, girls' varsity track; John Russ, junior varsity baseball, $2,647; Jeanne Kornowicz, junior varsity softball, $2,647; Doug Schlotterbeck, boys' varsity track assistant, $1,901; John Hutnyan, girls' varsity track assistant, $1,901; Ray Jablonski, modified baseball, $1,812; and Patty Anderson, modified softball, $1,812.

In addition, the board approved an April field trip to Toronto by the International Club.

The board also heard a presentation from the Cheektowaga Central Challenge Team, a student group that educates peers about social issues and problems, such as drug use and drunken driving.

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