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NO SPAMMING IN NEW E-MAIL, BOARD ORDERS

Pioneer students have been barred from "spamming" other computer users through e-mail.

The School Board approved the rule this week because, for the first time, Pioneer Middle and High School students will get their own e-mail accounts when classes resume in September.

Spamming involves sending an unwanted or unnecessary message to a large number of e-mail users.

Students will be able to use the e-mail accounts, provided through the Western New York Regional Information Center, in Pioneer classrooms and the Community Technology Center at Pioneer High School.

District leaders recently announced that the technology center will remain open for students and parents interested in taking computer courses and technology. Its future had been in doubt, school officials said, because of recent financial difficulties.

Superintendent Jeff Bowen announced this week that the center has obtained $7,500 from the state and hopes to get $25,000 from Verizon.

Students will have access to the e-mail accounts only at school facilities.

Bowen said students did not get e-mail accounts sooner because the district did not have the proper computer filtering equipment to keep them from being exposed to spam messages originating outside the district.

"It is for instructional and educational purposes and utilizing school equipment," Bowen said.

By an 8-0 vote, board members also approved a revision that requires students to check their e-mail accounts regularly and delete unwanted messages, which Bowen said was necessary for the district's overall e-mail system to run smoothly.

Students still will need signed permission slips from parents or guardians to use e-mail, Bowen said.

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