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Eighty-five percent of the 158 Maryvale School district 11th-graders passed the new, tougher state Regents English language arts examination in June, Ronald Roma, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, told the School Board Monday night.

Roma said 130 of the 141 general students and five of the 17 students with disabilities who took the test passed with grades of 65 to 100 -- representing 92 percent of the general education students and 29 percent of the special students -- or 85 percent of the total.

Roma described the Maryvale results as "very

Maryvale English teachers "deserve kudos" along with their students, Trustee Eugene Ciminelli said.

Superintendent Gary L. Brader announced that a district state law enabling the district to establish a tax stabilization reserve fund, was signed into law by Gov. Pataki.

The fund totals $1.2 million, representing the 1998 court settlement of the district's lawsuit against Buffalo Airport Center Association.

Brader also reported on redesigned report cards for primary school pupils, and district architect Charles J. Moore brought the board up to date on the progress of the campus reconstruction project.

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