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New traffic light will be installed despite delay in Girdle Road widening

When Iroquois students return to school in September, they will be able to cross Girdle Road to the athletic fields and the Boys & Girls Club with the help of a new traffic light.

The light will cost $68,000 and will be paid for with a grant through the efforts of State Sen. Dale M. Volker, R-Depew. It will be installed by the only bidder, J.J. Emergency Electric of Hamburg.

At Monday's School Board meeting, Superintendent Neil A. Rochelle said that originally the county wanted to widen Girdle Road at the same time as the light was installed but now does not have the money. The district was told to go ahead with the installation and that maybe next year the county will have the funds to widen the road.

The district will work with the county to have the light positioned so it will not have to be moved again because of any road construction.

The Iroquois Booster Club is contributing $15,000 to help the district pay for new portable bleachers at Lattimer Field. Last year, the club purchased outdoor lighting for the football field.

Portable bleachers also will be purchased for the new athletic fields across the road at a cost of $7,000 as part of a renovation program, said business officer Douglas R. Scofield.

The board approved tenure for 17 teachers, as recommended by Rochelle.

Salaries were increased for three administrators: Scofield; Robin B. Zymroz, assistant superintendent; and Kristin-Kendall Jakus, director of instruction, student services and assessment. Figures were not released.

The board approved a request by Mark W. Davison for transportation and permission to take his Civil War class to Gettysburg, Pa., from April 23 to 25, 2008, pending fulfillment of field trip guidelines.

A plan to remove and replace several dead trees on school property was approved by the board.

The board approved an agreement with Asset Control Solutions of Wheaton, Ill., to establish controls that will help the district keep track of what it owns with bar codes used for new equipment. The contract is for $8,000 for the 2007-08 school year, with a renewal in the amount of $6,750 for the following school year.

Rochelle was elected president of COPE, a cooperative organization for public education that lobbies for school superintendents to get reforms in Albany and increases in state aid.

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