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2016-12-07 / Editorial

Out of the Past


DROP EVERYTHING FOR A PHOTO SHOOT — Some of the first-graders at Kenmore’s Franklin Elementary School strike a pose in this 2009 photo. 
From the collection of the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society DROP EVERYTHING FOR A PHOTO SHOOT — Some of the first-graders at Kenmore’s Franklin Elementary School strike a pose in this 2009 photo. From the collection of the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society 25 Years Ago Dec. 11, 1991

• It has been almost a year since the Town of Tonawanda’s hourly workers’ union has had a new contract, and it may be even longer if the two remaining roadblocks are not negotiated. As of Monday, the town board, which feels its offer to the 210 union members on the table of 5 percent pay increases in both 1991 and ’92 is fair, was just one step away from taking the contract process to a legislative hearing. At that point, the town board would take the recommendation of the town supervisor and declare a settlement to be honored for one year. That deal would cover 1991 and could either maintain terms in the expired pact or offer any raise deemed acceptable by the board.

When the Buffalo Bills won their fourth straight divisional title recently, players and coaches alike said it was the kind of accomplishment that never gets less exciting. Administrators from the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District are saying the same thing about having “New York State Schools of Excellence.” While it is almost routine now, officials will never tire of the awards. The district was notified recently that four more of its schools, including Thomas Edison Elementary, Benjamin Franklin Elementary and Herbert Hoover Elementary and Middle, were named “Schools of Excellence.” The four schools are among only 27 statewide, which is a pretty dominant record, according to Dr. John Helfrich, superintendent of schools for Ken-Ton. Helfrich feels to have four schools out of 27 in a district the size of this one is a remarkable feat.

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