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SHORTER SPRING BREAK EYED BECAUSE OF SNOWSTORMS

Acting Superintendent Peter T. Kachris Monday said he may recommend that the Starpoint Central School District shorten the spring break by three days to compensate for part of the four school days lost because of snowstorms.

Kachris, the Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services superintendent, said he will send a letter out Friday notifying teachers and other employees of the possibility. In setting the 1998-99 schedule, Kachris had recommended that the School Board build in a few extra days because of the anticipated rough winter.

The School Board had inserted two extra days into the school year. Starpoint started with 182 student days and took off four days due to inclement weather. The state Education Department requires students attend school at least 180 days for the district to be eligible for state aid.

Kachris said he hoped to have a final recommendation at the February meeting.

In another matter, he said the public will have a chance to question two prospective superintendent candidates. John Thompson, the current superintendent of the West Valley Central School District, will be available from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. today in the junior-senior high school at 4363 Mapleton Road. C. Douglas Whelan, assistant superintendent of the Tonawanda city schools, will be at the school from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. next Tuesday.

The board also adopted 1999-2000 budget goals. They include:

To support the instructional mission of the district and introduce new programs to be funded under a "hold-the-line" philosophy.

To continue implementing the district's technology plan.

To continue reviewing existing instructional programs and administrative support services to determine whether they should be continued or modified.

To support staff development initiatives necessary to meet new learning standards.

To provide safe, healthy and adequate facilities.

To present a budget that provides full disclosure, is easy to understand, is free from material error, and is sensitive to the wealth and tax preferences of the community.

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