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    James Bodziak

    As we enter into the month of April, we can all take great pleasure in saying goodbye to the Winter of 2009 and in its place welcome Spring 2010. As is the case every spring, construction projects begin to sprout throughout Western New York in all shapes and sizes. Here in our school district, we are able to say goodbye to one construction project and continue on with another form of “construction.”

    Our School District Facilities Construction Project has been completed now that our Middle School faculty, staff and students have moved into bright, cheerful learning spaces. This electronic version of the Challenger will provide you with a tour of the renovated classrooms, science laboratory, pool area and cafeteria, as well as the renovated exterior area behind the school. The entire East Aurora community can take great pride in the changes made not only at the Middle School, but also at our High School and Parkdale over the course of the facilities project. When we began our project, our objectives included health and safety improvements, educational improvements and preservation of our assets. All of these objectives were successfully met, on budget and on time.

    While we have completed one construction project, another one remains a “work in progress.” The construction of the 2010-2011 school district budget continues to move forward. The State budget crisis has caused all school districts to develop their budgets with anticipated reductions in state aid. For our school district, the loss equates to $611,814. The Board of Education, administration and faculty and staff of our district are working collaboratively in an effort to reduce costs and yet maintain high quality educational programs which serve our students and yet have the community's best interest in mind. The Board of Education anticipates adopting the 2010-2011 school budget on April 14, 2010. The school district budget and board member election will be voted on by the community on May 18th.

    I encourage you to read the contents of this latest version of the Challenger. Information related to the upcoming High School drama production of “Our Town,” along with news and honors related to academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities can be found in this edition.

    “The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without the work.”

    --Emile Zola, French Writer