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Initial after-school program helps 2 to graduate from Depew

The Depew School District's pilot after-school program for academically struggling students has had a successful four-week tryout.

High School Principal Carol Townsend told the Board of Education on Tuesday that two seniors achieved enough credits through the Credit Recovery Program to graduate with their class this month.

In response to a question from board member John Spencer, Townsend said, "We had between five and eight students daily" participating in the program approved by the board in early May.

The program is aimed at 10th- through 12th-graders who are failing one to three courses. It runs from 2:30 to 5 p.m. four days a week.

Course work is available through Castle Learning Online, which supports classroom instruction. Participation in the program is possible only through referral by faculty.

The district is offering a six-week program this summer beginning July 6, running 2 1/2 hours daily four days a week. On Tuesday, the board appointed the following teachers for the summer program: Salvatrice Maroney and Brad Eaton, English language arts; Steven Kolbert, science; James Ferguson and Tom Jablonski, social studies; Jeff Addesa and Lisa Szymula, math; and Kim McEwen, counselor.

The board also heard a presentation from Dan Amodeo, Middle School assistant principal, on a review of the district's procedures on clearing injured athletes for return to sports; reporting of accidents; and clarifying the duties of the athletic trainer.

Recommendations from the review, done by a committee of district administrators and school nurses, are expected to be ready in first draft form for the board's reorganization meeting at 6 p.m. July 13, according to interim Superintendent Dennis Ford.

The district has sent out requests for proposals for the school physician and for an athletic trainer company whose personnel provide medical care at athletic events and make the decision on whether a student is eligible to play.

Amodeo said committee recommendations include setting a time frame for the reporting of accidents with follow-up reports; providing school nurses with contact information for all coaches; ensuring that a student's medical history card with emergency contact information is with coaches at all events; and that permission be secured from parents for student participation in intramural activities.

In other business, the board awarded a $29,500 contract to Colosimo Electrical Construction for technology and audiovisual installation services.

It also accepted the retirement, effective June 25, of Mary Kasprzyk, a bus attendant with 28 years of service.

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