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Dónala Newsted, whose term as president of the Ann Arbor Teachers' Association expires tomorrow, has requested that all teacher-Board of Education negotiations be suspended until "the problems at the high school are resolved." Newsted made this announcement at the Board of Education meeting Wednesday night. He was referring to the racial unrest at Ann Arbor High School which caused the school to be closed Wednesday noon. Classes are scheduled to resume Monday morning. Newsted said that the AATA has made no official statement on the strife at the high school, but that disorder "cánnot be tolerated," discipline "must be enforced" and classes must continue regularly Monday. Newsted told the trustees and the audience that the AATA and the board are still ly $900,000 apart in their negotiations for a 1968-69 contract. He also said that the AATA ] has taken no official stand; on the June 10 millage proposal. o o Forty resignations and nine leaves of absence of the professional staff were approved by the Board of Education upon recommendation of the superintendent. o o The Board of Education denie'd a request from some Ann Arbor citizens to change the boundary lines of Scarlett Junior High. The board had been petitioned by some citizens from the Georgetown subdivisión to allow 34 students to be transferred from the Scarlett to Tappan Junior High, primarily because of possible traffic hazards. After studying the situation, Supt. W. Scott Westerman Jr. said he did not recommend changing the boundary. He assured the parents of his and the board' s concern for the children's safety, and asked the parents' co-operation in getting the children to school safely. Approximately 25 of the petitioning residents attended. o o Changes in the official list of textbook adoptions were unanimously approved by the board, o o The trustees approved a list of election inspectors for the June 10 school election. The school board authorized the establishment of a book deposit at the Washtenaw County Jail. Four gifts were accepted with thanks by the Board of Education. Thtse included a ?ift of an $800 electric scoreboard plus the cost of installation from the ninth-grade class at Forsythe Junior High; new stage curtains plus installation for use at Forsythe by the school's ParentTeacher Organization; labor and materials to paint the outside of Sullivan School during the week of June 15-22 by the Painting and Decorating Contractors' Association of Washtenaw County, and a check for $5,000 to purchase 170 season tickets and 100 May Festival tickets for student use from the Herrick Foundation of Tecumseh.