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The Olean High School French Club received the School Board's go-ahead Tuesday night to continue planning a trip to Quebec City's Winter Carnival from Feb. 6 to 10.

Board members agreed to review the trip as the date draws near, with the understanding that any deposits for travel or lodging might have to be forfeited in the event of a cancellation.

Superintendent Ralph Kerr said Wednesday that board members unanimously agreed to allow the trip, but authorized him to cancel the outing at the last minute if there is any perceived danger or threat.

"There were some statements (by board members) saying we want to continue to be supportive of our freedom. We don't want to get into living in a cocoon," Kerr said about the decision.

On another issue, the board hired Jeff Andreano as high school vice principal at an annual salary of $55,000, after interviewing the candidate in an executive session that preceded the public portion of the meeting.

Kerr said Andreano will fill the vacancy created by Jack Stelmack's recent move to the principal's post at Eastview Elementary School. He added that Andreano served an administrative internship at the high school and has been employed for the past eight years as a math teacher in Port Allegany, Pa. His start date has not yet been determined.

In another matter, Kerr said he will first work with Mayor James P. Griffin to set up a joint committee before asking board members for some direction on problems of traffic congestion near school buildings.

Tuesday night, city officials directed police to begin stepped-up enforcement of no-parking zones at school entrances and crosswalks in the wake of complaints.

Kerr said he has identified "a couple of people" who can serve on the committee and intends to send their names to Griffin so a meeting time can be set up with representatives of the city. That group will determine what the issues are, explore the alternatives and talk about costs to remedy any problem areas.

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