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SANBORN – The president of the Niagara Wheatfield School Board would like to refine the district policy on field trips.

President Steve Sabo on Wednesday night said although there have been no specific problems, he wanted the policy to be changed so that board members would be aware when students are away on day trips. Currently, the policy allows both elementary and secondary classes to go on field trips during the school day without board approval or notification.

Sabo said he wanted the board to be notified as a standard procedure.

Also, he said the board should have a pre-approved list of places students could go on field trips. He said the list would include places that have been most frequented without any difficulties, such as Becker Farms in Gasport.

Acting School Superintendent James Knowles said he would prepare a list of all the places students have visited in the past and present it to the board for discussion.

Sabo noted that it was necessary for the board to review and adjust all district policies periodically.

In another matter, the board congratulated 11 seniors who received academic scholarships.

Awarded $1,500 a year for four years by the state Regents Board were Josh Miller and Kirsten Scherrer. Named to receive $500 a year for four years were Francesca Viola, Nicole Golias, Daniel Miera, Kali Ryan, Mary Warne, Marissa Watroba, Rachel Szeliga, Rachel Coddington and Todd Phillips.

Also honored were Jack Buddenhagen and Danielle Crocoll, who were chosen for the National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Honors Ensembles for a regional performance next spring at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, Conn. Niagara-Wheatfield has not had a student chosen to participate in the program in almost 20 years, it was noted.