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An effort by teachers in a western Pennsylvania town to help an ailing colleague has hit a snag.

School board members in the Apollo-Ridge district have tabled a proposal to donate sick days to cover the possible one-year absence of guidance counselor Robert Davis. Mr. Davis suffered extensive head, neck, and chest injuries in an automobile accident last month.

Although he has accumulated 70 sick days, that may not be enough for his recovery, said Apollo-Ridge Superintendent William Kerr.

With the support of teachers, Mr. Kerr suggested at last month's board meeting the idea of contributing sick days.

But the board delayed a decision while it examines the legality of the proposal, Mr. Kerr said. "Mr. Davis is an outstanding employee, and we hope that he'll be back next year."

Mr. Kerr said he expects the board to take up the question at a meeting later this month.

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