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December 12, 2012

City schools' capital project on schedule

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Tonawanda News — The district received documentation of the roof’s 20-year warranty Tuesday.

However, work to improve the gym’s acoustics still must be complete at the school, and the board is considering use of sound panels that would attach to the wall and would likely cost about $8,000. 

”As soon as we get the OK to spend more, we will do that work,” Director of Facilities Paul Maziarz said. 

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Middle and High School Principal Dr. James Newton presented the board with a new add/drop course policy to take effect in the fall of 2013. 

Students won’t be able to drop a course in the first two weeks of school, but will be able to in the third and fourth weeks. After that, dropping out of a course will only be permitted if the teacher requests it. 

Students must also take at least 61/2 credits, unless they are seniors with enough credits to graduate or are enrolled in Advanced Placement classes — and then they may take 51/2 credits. 

Newton also told the board that about 7 percent of students at the school have 10 or more absences, with a few students missing 40 to 50 days of school just 75 days into the year. 

The current senior class’ drop out rate is about 3.5 percent, according to Newton— with 5 students of the current graduating class no longer enrolled. 

He informed the board about the district’s current efforts to curb attendance and dropout issues, including home visits, family phone calls and teacher intervention. 

”It works for a small percentage,” Newton said. “But not enough. We have a good attendance rate, but we’d like it to be higher.” 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext.

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