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Bangor Area School Board discusses district survey

BANGOR, Pa. - The Bangor Area School District Monday evening vehemently questioned the purpose of a district Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS).

PAYS survey researches students in grades eight, 10 and 12, conducted by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The board voted in support of the survey 9-1. Voting in opposition was board member Toni Lynch.

"What's the benefit by this survey?" board member J. Robert Cartwright asked.

District Superintendent Dr. William Haws noted he wasn't sure of the exact purpose of the survey.

After discussing the survey further, the board and administration concluded the survey is used to research and obtain grants. The survey ultimately is used to offer support to the district.

Board member Kenneth Brewer, Jr. said the survey costs the district zero dollars.

"This does not cost the district a dime," he said.

According to board President Michael Gpffredp, there is an opportunity for parents to opt out of the survey. Goffrredo said he has supported PAYS the past 10 years.

"There is a meaningful purpose for us, whether we see it or not," he continued.

Also during the meeting, board member Ron Angle questioned who the district banks with.

"Frankly, we're in the dark ages," he said.

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