(Continued From Page school children to walk. The superintendent was authoi ized to contact the ODT about th< situation. In continuing his report, Mi ChiUenden said that the month o December saw considerable num bers of absences. Not only wei the absences of pupils high, bu also teacher absences reached ; new higJi mark. One day alon< found 14 teachers missing fron their desks. The number of substi Lute;? are limited in NaugaLuck lie said, and in order to avoid re-occurenee, he asked pcrmissioi Lo use supervisors or specia teachers in order to keep room. 1 open. Mr. ChiUenden said it \va. 1 a poor policy to place older chii drcn in charge of a classroom. School children who remain H school during noon hour wi) probably be supervised by teach ers who will have to alternate each week in the noon-hour supervision. At the present, principal: or janitors in the three loca schools that -present the problem take up the job. ' Mrs. Valesca Downcs and Dr Edwin Curran, the teachers' committee, will report on the situation at the next meeting. Mr. ChiUenden was granted permission to attend a meeting of the State Superintendents' Association on the first Thursday in February, the day allotted to the meeting ol the local school board. As a result no meeting will be held next month unless something extremely urgent arises. The secretary will issue notice of a special meeting, if one is decided on. A new guide for granting diplomas to high school boys leaving for the service was adopted by the board. Boys with three and a half years completed with no de- Mcicnces, can receive a diploma upon the recommendation of the principal, A boy having completed less than three and a half years, will receive his diploma after return to civil life, with his service courses being taken into consid- ration as substitutes for his lack of credits, Mr. Chittcndcn said. Mr. Chittenden expects to have the enrollment of the high school fall below GOO by June. Tho present enrollment is 03G. and five more boys are leaving shortly.