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East students petition board to resume morning announcements

Updated: December 10, 2012 6:09AM

AURORA — East Aurora High School students want their morning announcements back.

On Monday, senior class president Jenissa Nino presented the East Aurora School Board with a petition from students asking for exactly that.

When this school year began, the 5-minute morning announcements were cancelled because of time restrictions. What was supposed to take five minutes of class time, consistently took closer to 10 minutes, and School Board members put an end to the informational updates.

As a result, Nino said that students weren’t getting information they needed to be an active student body.

The ACT registration deadline came and went, with many students unaware it had even approached, Nino said. And while last year’s homecoming dance saw nearly 750 tickets sold, this year’s dance brought in barley 400.

“There aren’t as many students participating in clubs,” Nino said. “And homecoming ticket sales profit the school, so the school is losing money as well.”

Nino said students are asking that two school days be dedicated to morning club announcements, two to sports announcements, and one day to announcing student achievements.

Board members will have the ultimate decision, but Nino said more than 500 students have signed the petition asking for the resolution.

Magnet upgrade

Also on Monday evening, board members approved four construction contracts for renovations to the district’s Magnet Academy. More than $4 million will be paid out to construction, plumbing and electric companies for the renovations.

Former board member Dee Weaver addressed the board, saying that when she was seated during the academy’s initial phase, taxpayers were promised the project would not cost the district any money.

Despite her concern, board members unanimously approved the contracts.

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