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Trasteé Charles H. Good asked the Ann Arbor Board of Education this week to make a resolution on smoking. His request concerned the state law which he said only the schools enforce. He suggested that a modification be made so the law is meaningful or that it be stricken. The state law states it is illegal for a person under 21 years-of-age to smoke tobáceo producís on public lands or in public buildings. That statute has been on the books since 1915. The Ann Arbor Public Schools has a policy to deter smoking by suspending students carrying tobáceo. o o The board affirmed that it has agreed to meet with the city's Human Relations Committee (HRC), but President Harold Lockett said it would be inappropriate to do so at closed, executive sessions. Trustee Ted Heusel reiterated that the meeting could be held at either a briefing session or at the regular business session. o o Supt. W. Scott Westerman, Jr. and Trustee Richard M. Woods attended a meeting of the Michigan Association of School Boards this week. At the meeting in East Lansing bylaw changes in regard to dues were considered. It was pointed out that the changes were recommended by the Ann Arbor Board of Education. In the profile on teacher statistics it was noted that the second specialist in the area of working with perceptually handicapped had been hired. It was explained to the board that this is a relatively new field of specialization. The perceptually handicapped child is one who, for example, would have difficulty distinguishing between a "b" and a "d," or coordinating eye and hand activity.