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ARCADE HERALD Serving the Villages of Delevan and Arcade and theTowns of Sardinia, Java, Machias, Eagle, Holland, Freedom, Sheldon* Farmersville, Yorkshire and Arcade since 1891. Volume LXXXI—Numbe r IS ARCADE, NEW YORK—THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 19»« Price 25c fll Colonial Christmas 1984 Christmas Shopping Guide HCS board picks principal, applies for asbestos funds The Holland Central School board of education dealt primarily with two topics — the asbestos situation at the high school and the vacant pnncipalship at the middle school — during last weeks' meeting For the third time in recent weeks, the board voted to have Superin­ tendent Herbert Arnold make an offer to a candidate for the principal's position, which was vacated in August when Jack Eckdahl resigned to accept a position elsewhere. The previous offers had been rejected by the first two candidates, but Mr Arnold reported later in the week that he had received a positive response to last week's offer The school board is expected to approve the appointment at next Tuesday's meeting While the principalship was discussed in executive session, the asbestos situation was discussed in open session in front of several students and parents Their presence apparently was prompted by an article about the asbestos situation in the October 29 Buffalo News and by the walkout staged by about 30 students at the high school the previous Thursday morning, November 8 ON THE AGENDA to speak to the board was freshman David Siwiec, who represented a group of students who had not participated in the walkout but who had assembled in a sit-m after the walkout began In his remarks to the board, Mr Siwiec stressed that he did not represent those who walked out, but said he felt the presence of friable asbestos in the ceilings of the older portion of the high school was increasing the students' chances of contracting lung cancer He urged the board to have the asbestos removed during Christmas vacation Board President Albert Koerner responded that it would be impossible to obtain federal grant money to assist with such a project that soon He added that the board wanted to take care of the asbestos \the right way\ and that some reports have indicated that removal of asbestos would spread it throughout the building Mr Siwiec replied that it \sounds like a big run-around \ He then asked permission to turn the floor over to Dr Garth Anderson, a resident of the district who had furnished the Buffalo News with some of its information for the October 29 article Dr Anderson had earlier made some comments to the board on the asbestos situation, although he was not on the agenda. Dr Anderson, who holds a Ph D from Harvard, is a member of the department of cell and tumor biology at Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo. Prior to that, he had been at the National Cancer Institute for four years and at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, also for four years HE REPEATED THE BELIEF that the asbestos should be removed as soon as possible and charged the board members with acting too slowly on the matter Based on his review of Superintendent Arnold's files on October 4, he alleged that school officials have known about the existence of friable—a crumbly form of—asbestos since September 29 Board member Dan Berry, who had several harsh exchanges with Dr Anderson, said \You're causing undue alarm in this town \ Dr Anderson again accused the board of showing a lack of concern toward the students and staff, to which board member Burt Farrant replied, \We're just as concerned as you are \ Board member Robert Peters noted that several of the board members have or have had children m the high school, while Dr Anderson claimed that if his own children were old enough to be m the high school he would have pulled them out of school upon learning of the friable asbestos situation Dr Anderson further asserted that if the board really wanted to take care of the asbestos, it could find ways to come up with the money quickly, but Mr Koerner took exception to that claim Again stating the board's position that \we do not intend to over-react,\ Mr Koerner then ended the discussion of the asbestos matter until it re-appeared later on the agenda AT THAT TIME, the board voted to apply to the State Education Department for money under a federal program to control asbestos in schools The board applied for sufficient funds to cover the complete removal of the asbestos in the ceilings, plus replacement with suspended ceilings and whatever re-wiring might be necessary If approved, the grant would pay for 40 percent of the cost of this work, the school would then apply for state building aid, which would take care of about 65 percent of the remaining 60 percent of the cost. Mr Arnold noted that such building aid would not be received until the next school year When contacted by the Arcade Herald later in the week, Dr Anderson said he was not sure the board members would have acted to apply for the grantif they had not been subjected to some pressure He repeated his previous statements that the board could have the asbestos situation cleared up over the Christmas holidays and that the board had not previously taken the matter seriously He also feels that in an emergency situation such as this, the necessary clearance for state funds could be speeded up. PRESIDENT KOERNER, on the other hand, told the Herald that the board had already made plans to apply for the grant money at last week 'B meeting, and that the board members Please turn to page 3 Shad Salzler, Todd Domster and Andy Smith (standing from left) portray a gravedigger, a hangman and a mortician getting the judge (Pat Bucka. seated) roped into reading his law book in the Pioneer Middle School production of \Tumbleweeds.\ More photos next week. See the ad on p. 3. State approves funding for elderly housing in Delevan Approval of a request for n $719,000 grant for low interest construction financing from New York State FmHA Section 515 has been received, paving the way for construction of a 24 unit apartment building for the elderly and handicapped in the village of Delevan In addition to approval of financing, approval was also given by the state Rural Rental Assistance Program, which means that qualified residents of the apartment complex will be eligible to receive rental subsidies The project is being sponsored jointly by the Cattaraugus County Neighborhood Preservation Corpora tion in Ellicottville and Penta Equities Inc of Rochester Assisting on a grass roots level with locating a suitable site for the project and coordinating the Yorkshire town and Delevan village boards in the ARCADE'S WEATHER FACTS Week of November 12-18, 1984 Monday 43 26 Tuesday 34 24 Wednesday 41 22 Thursday 53 25 Friday 48 28 Saturday 35 26 Sunday 38 31 Rainfall & Melted .36\ Snow 2.5\ project was the Delevan Development Board under the direction of .John Aukema chairman The site selected is a \i acre plnl on Delevan Avenue slightly less than \> mile from the Delevan Plaza In relaying the announcement t<> iht Herald on Monday. Daniel Harris, executive assistant to Assembly Majority leader Daniel B Walsh of Franklinville, stated that approval of the grant had come as a surprise since the request had only been filed recently, and its approval represented a thorough job done by the participating agencies in portraying the needs of the Delevan area for housing for the elderly public meetings MON., NOV. 26—Java board of appeals hearing on request by Loul» Gasbarrlnl Jr. for a variance to operate a tool sharpening business at 1138 Chaffee Road. TUES., NOV. 27—Wyoming County Board of Supervisors public hearing on tentative 1985 county budget and discussion of allocation of federal revenue sharing monies, 10:00 a.m., supervisors' chambers, county court house In Warsaw Holland school board, 8 p.m

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