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The Frontier School Board has awarded $9.4 million in contracts for the third phase of the district’s capital project.

The work will include constructing secure entrances at Pinehurst elementary and Frontier middle schools and the Frontier Educational Center; additional parking at Cloverbank Elementary School; and technology systems at the high school.

Transit Construction Services was awarded the general construction contract for $2.06 million. Other successful bidders were Louis Del Prince & Sons for site work, $183,500; Henderson-Johnson Co. for roofing, $1.99 million; Mollenberg Betz for plumbing, $235,150; CIR Electrical for electrical, $1.74 million; and DV Brown & Associates for mechanical, $3.18 million.

In other news, Loretta S. Thomas of Hamburg is the third recipient of “Veteran of the Month” honors from state Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo.

Col. Thomas recently retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as the deputy division commander of the 98th Division. Her 32-year career included several mobilizations, one of which was as a battalion commander in Iraq for 18 months.

She is a graduate of Rider University and was commissioned in the ROTC program. She also is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, where she earned a master’s degree in strategic studies.

Also this week:

• As Frontier School District students get ready for state assessments in English language arts this week, the district policy for those who “opt out” of the tests will include some sitting and reading.

According to interim Superintendent Paul G. Hashem, all students will be in the testing room and offered the test, as required by the state Education Department. If a student refuses to take the test, and a parent has written a note, the student will stay in the testing room. At the end of the estimated time to take the test, the student may quietly read in place.

As of late last week, the parents of 24 students had sent “opt out” notes for their children.

If a student refuses to take the test, and there’s no note from a parent, the child’s parents will be called to notify them of the refusal.

• A representative of state Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, will be in Hamburg Town Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

• The Hamburg School Board will hold a budget work session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Union-Pleasant Elementary School, 150 Union Ave.

• A meeting of the village’s Recreation Commission begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Youth Center, 200 Prospect Ave.

• The village’s Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in Village Hall, 100 Main St.

• The town’s Department of Youth, Recreation and Senior Services is registering youngsters for Start Smart baseball, multi-sport and tennis sessions that will start in April. Start Smart programs are limited to a maximum of 20 children and require an adult to participate with the child at each class.

Children ages 7 to 14 can stay active during spring break with a variety of supervised indoor activities provided by the town at the HUB gym at Hamburg Wesleyan Church, 4999 McKinley Pkwy. Sessions are from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 14-17.

To register, contact the Recreation Department at 646-5145 or visit