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BOARD URGED TO SEEK FUNDS FOR PLAYGROUND

The Eden Central School District was urged Wednesday night to seek federal funds to replace the elementary school playground.

Debbie Asboth, a parent, told the Board of Education she understands federal grants ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 are available, but completing the 65-page application would require a grant writer.

The wooden playground was torn down last year after traces of arsenic from the pressure-treated lumber were found in the soil.

Superintendent Robert E. Zimmerman said the district is waiting for an expected recommendation for a new playground from the shared decision making team at the school and probably will consider it at its next meeting, Nov. 17.

On another matter, an audit found no significant problems, according to Sara Dayton of the accounting firm Lumsden & McCormick.

The board approved the 2005-06 school calendar, which calls for a mid-winter recess Feb. 18-26 and spring recess April 14-24. Easter Sunday is April 16.

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