Renovations underway after Union Springs Academy fire in December

Students and staff are adjusting and renovations are taking place since a fire hit the Union Springs Academy’s administration building in December. Principal Jere Clayburn said he estimates $250,000 to $300,000 worth of cleanup work has taken place at the building on 40 Spring St., which school personnel and students are still not allowed to enter. The blaze, which took... more

CCC works on contracts before issuing funds from state’s $600,000 Owasco Lake grant

Confusion has run rampant as to where the state’s promised $600,000 for Owasco Lake is, and how it’s being administered. The confusion resurfaced Tuesday at an Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council meeting when members couldn’t understand why John Halfman had not yet been paid. Halfman, a professor at the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, emailed the... more

TC3 narrows presidential search to three finalists

The Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees has narrowed its search for a new college president to three candidates. On Monday, Elizabeth Burns, Board of Trustees chairwoman, announced the three finalists, Orinthia Montague, Seamus Reilly and Peter Soscia, will visit the campus in March for two days of interviews and meetings with the community. The new president will succeed... more

Letter warns Waterloo parents of police investigation of high school teacher

A letter sent home to parents of Waterloo High School students warns of a police investigation involving a teacher at the school. Allegations have been made against a high school teacher, although the teacher in question is not being identified at this time and it is unclear what kind of allegations have been made. In the letter, Principal Susan Burgess advised... more

The search for Gearan’s successor continues at HWS

Winners attract winners, and losers have a tendency to attract losers. It’s the difference between coaching the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills. In the case of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, there has been a whole lot more winning than losing during the 17 years that Mark Gearan has served as president, at least officials at the Colleges... more

It’s complicated: How INHS plans to pay for massive multi-million dollar renovations

At first read, this article might be confusing. Non-profit housing landlord and developer Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS) is refinancing its properties in order to pay for long-needed renovations. How it plans on doing that, is a little complicated. First, the easy part. INHS owns 98 units in 44 buildings spread throughout the city of Ithaca, mostly small apartment buildings... more

Police: Student raped on-campus at Ithaca College

A student was raped on-campus at Ithaca College and police are still looking for the suspect, an official confirmed Wednesday afternoon. The crime happened between 1:15 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Jan. 22 in the wooded area near the Recreation Trails south of Boothroyd Hall. A news release about the incident states, “The victim reported sexual intercourse without consent.” Read... more

Local school officials skeptical of DeVos

Newly confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ views on school choice and her alleged lack of familiarity with public education concern local school administrators. Meanwhile, a local school-choice leader said DeVos’ history as an advocate for private education — and school vouchers to support that effort — is just what the nation needs to provide competition for what he described as... more

Waterloo school board hears compliance study results

Last year, the school district’s superintendent was retiring and the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction also left before the start of the new school year. That leadership vacuum resulted in at least two annual reports not being completed and filed in a timely manner with the state Education Department. New Superintendent Terri Bavis convinced the school board to hire... more

$7.7M project proposed for Naples schools

The Naples Central School Board of Education heard about a proposed $7.72 million capital project Wednesday. The plan, which will require voter approval, would involve building a new bus garage and creating a new parent drop-off loop, new bus loop, and new parking layout at the elementary school, along with a secure, upgraded entrance and office at the elementary school.... more

Romulus School declares no mumps

Tests have come back negative for a Romulus Elementary student believed to have the mumps, the school district announced this week. Last week, Romulus School Superintendent Martin Rotz sent home a letter with elementary students warning parents of possible exposure to mumps. Proper precautions were taken and the Seneca County Health Department was notified. The student had not been in school... more

Approx. $4 million deficit looming, Auburn school board presents 2017-2018 budget

In light of the $4 million deficit the Auburn Enlarged City School District faces with its 2017-2018 budget, the proposed spending plan was presented Tuesday night. Lisa Green, the district’s school business executive, said at the school board meeting that the overview was a “status quo” budget, meaning a budget that didn’t include staff reductions to make up the difference.... more

Cornell undergrad tuition to rise 3.75 percent, sticker price now $52,612

The Cornell Board of Trustees voted to increase the price of undergraduate tuition, housing contracts, meal plans and health fees for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the University announced Monday. The sticker price for undergraduate students enrolling in one of the endowed schools and for out-of-state students enrolling in a contract college will rise by $1,900 next year, from $50,712 to... more

Endowments decrease at UR, RIT, other local colleges

The value of most local college endowments declined as part of a national trend during the last fiscal year. Dropping 6 percent in value, the University of Rochester’s endowment decreased by $122.6 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2016. UR’s endowment finished the fiscal year worth $1.93 billion — down from $2.05 billion the year before. The... more

HWS cited for providing good value

Hobart and William Smith Colleges said it has been named among the nation’s best colleges and universities for having outstanding academics, affordability and financial aid and student outcomes. The recognition appears in the Princeton Review’s 2017 edition of the “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.” HWS said points... more

Dundee voters turn down capital project

Dundee Central School voters have turned down the proposed capital project again. By a vote of 149 yes to 242 no, the voters have nixed a $15.9 million plan to replace the bus garage which was built in 1938. The plan also called for re-configuration of the student drop off area at the elementary school, replacement of the 1938 building... more

Family Resource Center opens in Newark’s Perkins School

There’s a great new and welcoming resource right in the front entrance foyer of the Perkins School in Newark created to give you greater access to educational resources to help you and your children. The Family Resource Center features a desk, chair and a laptop computer that parents can use to access 13, free, interactive educational websites. They provide tips... more

Seneca Falls school forced to close due to widespread infection

Imagine having so many sick students that you have to shut down. For Finger Lakes Christian School in Seneca Falls that’s exactly what has happened. “Strep” infections have been going around the school with such force that staff was forced to shut down and show up on Wednesday to disinfect surfaces that had been, or could have been contaminated. The... more
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