Southern Erie County

Parents, teachers, and community members from the East Aurora, Iroquois, and Holland school districts will conduct a community forum on high stakes testing and today’s education from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Aurora Town Hall, 300 Gleed Ave., East Aurora.

Led by West Seneca Central Superintendent Mark Crawford, teachers will discuss the loss of instructional time due to the testing requirements, the problems with the test format, the impact of this testing on various grade levels, and improving student achievement and instruction.

Mark Garrison, Professor of education policy at D’Youville College, will discuss the history of standardized testing. The forum will conclude with a question and answer session.

Also this week:

• A free electronics recycling event will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Nativity Lutheran Church, 970 E. Main St., East Aurora.

“We all use electronics on a daily basis, and as technology progresses, we are replacing electronics more and more often. Many people do not realize that cell phones, laptops and other electronic items contain materials that can be hazardous to the environment,” said Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, R-Elma, who is sponsoring the event with the East Aurora rotary, Sunnking Electronics Recycling and Time Warner Cable. “This e-waste recycling event provides a perfect opportunity for people to quickly and conveniently drop off their used and out-dated electronics to be properly recycled and disposed of.”

• The Elma Town Board will meet for the annual organization meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 1600 Bowen Road. New appointments and re-appointments will be approved as well as the calendar for 2014.

• Residents of the Iroquois School District are invited to attend a Community Linkage Meeting on January 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

Sponsored by the Board of Education, the event offers residents an opportunity to discuss issues facing the district in an informal setting.

While the forum provides an open exchange, the Board asks that conversations focus on educational issues, not personal agendas.

• The Marilla Historical Society Museum will be open each Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. in the Community Center, 1810 Two Rod Road, Marilla.

• The Springville-Griffith School District invites all community members to its annual Community Conversation on January 7 from 7-9 p.m. in the Middle School Cafeteria, 267 Newman Street.

School officials want to hear from district stakeholders to learn what is important to them particularly in the areas of instructional programming, extra-curricular activities, operations, facilities and consideration of a capital project. The information gathered at the forum will be used by the School Board in the up-coming budget process.

In case of inclement weather, an alternate date for the event is scheduled for Wed. January 8. Additional details can be found at under the Budget Conversation quick link.

• Deanna Zeigel was named Wales Town Historian at the town board close out meeting December 30. This will be the second time Zeigel will serve in this post since she retired as Historian in October 2002. She is also very active in the Wales Historical Society and well known for her “Cookies For Soldiers” program for the past seven years.

• A Permit For a Special Use for Beiter and Sons Farm, 5363 East Creek Road was approved by the Wales Town Board contingent and subject to code requirements that the permit will run with the land and it is subject to conditions submitted with the permit and additional terms adopted by the Town Board. A nutrient management plan dated December 31, 2012 includes a manure analysis report. Farm operations on less than 10 acres are applicable and a certification of operation from the Beiters that their farm is a certified organic goat dairy farm.

The Wales Town Board also held a public hearing on a local sign code amendment. One resident spoke in favor of having the law relaxed somewhat.