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Lancaster

The Lancaster School District was all abuzz last week about being named to the fourth annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll through the College Board.

The recognition means Lancaster is one of 477 school districts in the United States and Canada to be named to the honor roll. It recognizes districts who have a strong commitment to offering college-level advanced placement courses and ones whose students show strong performance on the examinations.

“Students taking AP level courses at Lancaster High School enter college well-prepared for the rigors that lie ahead,” Superintendent Michael J. Vallely said in a recent district newsletter.

The district’s students last year took nearly 750 AP exams.

Board President Marie MacKay noted that the district’s food operations ran a deficit last year of about $39,172. That has improved with the latest food service deficit pegged at $10,722, she said. Struggles last year in public school districts’ food operations in part stemmed from federal changes to promote more healthy choices and different-sized meal portions.

“We hope to be in the (red) for next year,” she said.

Also this week:

• The Lancaster Industrial Development Agency board of directors has a new face – that of Lancaster Village Trustee Kenneth L. O’Brien III. The Democratic-controlled Town Board appointed O’Brien, in place of member Robert Klaczyk, supported by Republican Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli.

The IDA board held an organizational meeting last week. It next meets at 8:45 a.m. Feb. 11 in Town Hall.

• Because of the Martin Luther King holiday Monday, the Town Board will meet in a work session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a 7 p.m. business meeting in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.