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Hamburg Central School Board members have approved trimester report cards for district elementary schools.

A committee suggested that instead of updating parents on student work four times during the school year, the reports be given three times a year. A parent-teacher conference also would be added in the spring.

Members of the committee said it takes a great deal of time to assess the children and to prepare the paper work four times a year. Cutting out one report card will allow for more student growth to take place, according to committee members. The new system is to go into effect this fall.

Incumbents will be on the ballot in Blasdell for the March 19 village election. Daniel Grasso is running for justice and Kathy Seufert King and Robert Hefner are running for trustee. All three will be on the Democrat and Conservative lines.

Students who are off school this week have several options for activities. The town Fitness Center will be open throughout the week and teens ages 13 to 18 are invited to check it out for one free visit with parental permission. Public skates are scheduled at the Town Arena from 2 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. today; from 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 8 p.m. to 9:50 p.m. Friday.

Also this week:

• The town Planning Board will hold a work session at 6:30 p.m., followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m., Wednesday in Room 7B in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave. The board will conduct four public hearings on a request for preliminary approval of a two-lot subdivision on Old Lakeshore Road, site plans for the 52,133-square-foot Agricultural Discovery Building proposed at the Hamburg fairgrounds, a 12-unit apartment building on land west of Abbott Road and additions to existing greenhouses at Gullo’s Greenhouses on Southwestern Boulevard.

• The Village Board will conduct a work session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in Village Hall, 100 Main St.

• The Blasdell Village Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Village Hall, 121 Miriam Ave.

• The public is invited to a meeting organized by Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, on water quality at Woodlawn Beach at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Bogel Hall, Room 101, Hilbert College, 5200 South Park Ave. Ryan has assembled a team of graduate students in the fields of science, geology and environmental engineering, to study conditions at Woodlawn Beach and see what can be done to improve them.