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Marcus Whitman rolls out $32M school budget for 2017-18

Only half of this year’s Marcus Whitman Central School board hopefuls will go home happy when polls close on May 16. Six candidates will vie for three open seats on the nine-person Board of Education. Cory Clark, Jeff Allen, Benjamin Wickham, Tricia Phillips, Anne Burnett and Phyllis Frantel will run for the three-year terms, which start July 1. Voters also... more

Dr. Gregory Vincent named next president of HWS

Just like that Hobart & William Smith Colleges has a well-defined future in a new leader. Chair of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees Thomas S. Bozzuto ’68 announced that the Board had unanimously voted to approve the Presidential Search Committee’s recommendation, naming Dr. Gregory Vincent ’83 the 27th President of Hobart College and the 16th of... more

NY labor commissioner: Tuition-free college will help boost workforce

State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon appeared in Cayuga County Thursday to highlight the 2017-18 budget and how it benefits central New York. One of the main initiatives in the budget touted by Reardon is the Excelsior Scholarship, which provides students whose families earn no more than $125,000 annually with free tuition to New York’s public colleges and universities. The scholarship... more

Waterloo grad returns in official position

Waterloo grad returns in official position
Jennifer Grifa graduated from Waterloo High School in 1993. As of May 10, she’ll be back as the school district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Now Jennifer Hayden, she was hired by the school board April 10. She succeeds Jonathan Nicoletti, who left before the school year began. Her salary will be $100,000. Hayden received an undergraduate degree in... more

Candidates prepare for school board elections

Uncontested is the word for all but one school board race in Seneca County this spring. Monday was the deadline for candidates to submit the required petitions to be on the May 16 ballot. For the 12 seats up for election in four school districts, 12 petitions were filed for those seats. FL Times: Read More more

Geneva City school spending plan up slightly

Voters in the City School District will consider a nearly $52.46 million budget in May that raises taxes a maximum of 1.23 percent. The Board of Education adopted the spending plan at Monday’s regular meeting. The tax levy of $18,878,664 is a 3.2 percent rise over the current budget. However, a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement with Seneca Foods has ended, resulting in... more

Skaneateles tweaks school budget after state releases aid amounts

The tax levy increase approved by the Skaneateles Central School District for the 2017-2018 budget is lower than originally anticipated. The tax levy increase has been set at 1.62 percent, below the figure of 2 percent projected by the district last week. The district’s tax cap allowed by the state is 2.38 percent. The board of education approved the budget... more

Weedsport school district budget includes tax levy hike, UPK program

The Weedsport Central School District’s 2017-2018 budget includes a 1.98-percent tax levy increase. The budget was finalized at a school board meeting Monday. The state property tax cap set for the district this year was 3.47 percent. The overall budget is $20,147,217, a 1.21-percent hike from the previous year. “That’s our lowest budget-to-budget increase since 2012 to 2013,” superintendent Shaun... more

Interfaith leader to speak at Keuka’s Fribolin lecture

Interfaith leader to speak at Keuka’s Fribolin lecture
Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of Interfaith Youth Core, will deliver the 29th Annual Carl and Fanny Fribolin Lecture Friday, May 5, at Keuka College. Patel, who served on President Obama’s Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood initiatives, will speak 6:30 p.m. in Norton Chapel. It is free and open to the public.... more

Former President Bill Clinton will deliver graduation address at HWS

The 42nd President of the United States will deliver this year’s Commencement Address at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Sunday, May 14th. The announcement came down on Wednesday from Hobart and William Smith President Mark D. Gearan. “We are honored to welcome President Clinton back to Hobart and William Smith as the 2017 Commencement speaker,” said Gearan. “President Clinton’s... more

Free college tuition plan brings praise, concern

Fifty-two New York Chiropractic College students are ready to enter their profession with the required degree. The latest group of outgoing students at the Seneca County school was conferred Doctor of Chiropractic degrees during April 1 commencement exercises in the Standard Process Health and Fitness Center. Matthew Coté, DC, MS (NYCC ’80, ’08), senior clinician at NYCC’s Depew Heath Center,... more

Auburn school board opts for tax increase to save jobs

The Auburn school board voted 5-4 on Tuesday to opt for a 3.98-percent tax increase for the 2017-18 budget, with the added decision to use that money to save nine jobs out of the potential full-time equivalents to be cut. Each board member was asked to individually state whether they wanted to keep the tax levy at the proposed 1.98-percent... more

Male Cornell student alleges gender bias in Title IX lawsuit

A male senior student at Cornell University has filed a Title IX lawsuit against the university, a Cornell Title IX investigator and Interim Judicial Administrator Jody Kunk-Czaplicki following an investigation of physical and sexual misconduct allegations. According to a complaint filed in U.S District Court for the Northern District of New York, the student claims the defendants failed to offer... more

New York teachers union elects new president

The state’s powerful teachers union is under new leadership. Andrew Pallotta, who had served as executive vice president of New York State United Teachers since 2009, was elected president Saturday at the union’s annual Representative Assembly. Pallotta succeeds former President Karen Magee, who served one three-year term as the union’s top official. Magee announced earlier this year that she won’t... more

Situation ‘resolved’ after Canandaigua school threatened via Snapchat

In an update to the media on Monday, Canandaigua Police Chief Stephen Hedworth gave the latest information on an incident that took place over the weekend. On April 8th the City of Canandaigua Police Department received information from the Canandaigua School District regarding a threat made via social media, and the threat was directed towards the school. The Canandaigua Police... more

Seneca Falls Library wins $14K grant; Minecraft author will make visit

On Monday the Seneca Falls Library announced that they won the Bernard Carl and Shirley Rosen Library Fund of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County. The grant is worth $14,588, according to officials. The grant is a collaborative effort between fifteen libraries in the Finger Lakes Library System. It will bring Minecraft author Sean Fay Wolfe to each library for... more

Cornell Cooperative Extension offices across NY struggle with stagnant state funding

Despite inflation and the rise in the cost of living, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County and across the state have operated under the same budget since the 1970s. The Wayne County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution last month calling for the state to increase funding to the 56 Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations across New York state by a... more

‘Excelsior Scholarship’ will rollout in 2017: Here’s what you need to know

Part of the budget agreed to by legislators and Governor Andrew Cuomo includes an aggressive push to make college more affordable for middle- and low-income families. It was one of the first proposals put forward by Gov. Cuomo during his ‘State of the State’ addresses, and included an appearance by former Democratic White House hopeful Bernie Sanders. The deal will... more
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