U of R Professor who outed colleague resigns with scathing letter

A professor who was named one of Time magazine’s 2017 Persons of the Year for outing a colleague accused of sexual misconduct has resigned from the University of Rochester over the university’s handling of complaints against him. Celeste Kidd said Friday that the university had not meaningfully responded to problems that she and several other faculty members raised in a... more

BOMB THREAT IN GENEVA: School cleared after police search on North St.

The Geneva Police Department, Ontario County Sheriffs and New York State Police conducted a thorough search of North Street School after a bomb threat was found during dismissal on Friday. A staff member found a bomb threat written on the stall of the girls’ bathroom near the mini gym. Administrators immediately notified police, who responded with K9 units to search... more

New Audubon Educator at Seneca Meadows Education Center

Seneca Meadows, Inc. today announced that Mary Jo Doyle has accepted the position of Audubon Environmental Educator for the Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve & Education Center. Mary Jo is a native of Syracuse, but is no stranger to the Seneca Falls area, as she taught science at both the Seneca Falls and Waterloo school districts for thirty years, retiring from... more

Instant Admission Days a great time to enroll at Cayuga Community College

There is no better time for students to enroll in Cayuga Community College than the College’s upcoming summer Instant Admission Days that offer students one-stop shopping and answers all their enrollment questions. Cayuga’s Instant Admission Days offer students the chance to apply for enrollment, submit their academic credentials, register for classes, complete the financial aid process and pay their tuition... more

Cornell University details hazing activities at suspended fraternity

Cornell University has released details as to why the Gamma Theta Chapter of Sigma Nu fraternity has been suspended. After the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life received multiple reports of hazing involving Sigma Nu fraternity occurring in January, an investigation revealed that members of the fraternity had engaged in hazing activity at the start of the new member period,... more

Auburn school district approves job cuts

The Auburn Enlarged City School District Board of Education approved some long-promised job cuts Tuesday night. The board finalized the abolishment of 11 teacher aide positions effective by the end of June 22. Those aides will be placed on a preferred eligibility list for three years. Thirteen aides and one teaching assistant had earlier been announced to be cut. Lisa... more

Bullet found inside Penn Yan Middle School auditorium

The Penn Yan Police Department was called to Penn Yan Middle School on Monday around 7:45 a.m. after a student found a .22 caliber bullet in the school’s auditorium. The student notified staff at the school, which resulted in an immediate search. Penn Yan Police, Yates County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police responded to the school and conducted... more

KEEPING STUDENTS SAFE: Kolb wants focus to be on school safety

June is National Student Safety Month, and the topic could never be more important or relevant. Protecting our students – especially as recent tragedies have highlighted the need to review school safety protocols across the board – is absolutely critical. We need to take a long, hard look at ways to improve New York’s school safety procedures and laws. Earlier... more

‘Make College Affordable’: Helming’s sponsored bill gets through NY Senate

Senator Pam Helming announced that the New York State Senate recently passed a bill that she sponsors to help alleviate the financial burden on many college students caused by the additional cost of textbooks and other course materials. The bill (S.6608) would reduce the cost of textbooks by promoting pricing transparency and alternatives to conventional textbooks, such as e-books. “New... more

Skaneateles interim principal promoted to role at Waterman Primary School

The principal of Waterman Primary School in Skaneateles should look familiar to district students. Patrick Brown, the Skaneateles Central School District's longtime kindergarten- to 12th-grade reading and humanities coordinator and the interim leader of State Street Intermediate School and Waterman Primary School since April, was appointed as the Waterman school principal at a district board of education Thursday night. Brown... more

Wells College hires registrar and director of institutional research

Wells College has hired a new registrar and director of institutional research. Paul Applebee will start at the Aurora college on Monday, according to a press release from the college. Applebee was most recently the academic adviser/registrar at Bryant & Stratton College in Liverpool. “Wells will benefit immensely from Paul’s experience at a critical time when the College is formalizing... more

Seneca Falls Development Corp awarded Youth Sports Grant

A new program designed to inspire and foster a more active lifestyle in local youth is coming to Seneca Falls. The Seneca Falls Development Corp (SFDC) was awarded a grant of $5,840 to fund their proposed Team Active8 program. Administered by the Rochester Area Community Foundation via the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund for Youth Sports, 20 projects were... more

Comptroller’s office auditing New York school safety plans

State audits have begun on school safety plan implementation. The office of the New York State Comptroller announced Tuesday it has started audits on the state education department and the New York City Department of Education to ascertain if they are properly ensuring schools have sufficient and up to date safety plans in case of a school shooting or other... more

Waterloo CSD Superintendent Bavis turns down job offer

School district Superintendent Terri Bavis is not leaving Waterloo — at least not now. Bavis, who is approaching her two-year anniversary as superintendent, informed staff members she has declined a job offer to become superintendent of another school district outside the region. She initially told staffers two weeks ago she had applied for other jobs, and was a finalist for... more

Cayuga County-area school districts included in state investment program

Plans from the Jordan-Elbridge and Union Springs school districts were among 49 school investment proposals recently approved for state funding, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced Tuesday. The Jordan-Elbridge district will receive $749,790 for school connectivity and $88,847 for high-tech security features at a total of $838,637. The Union Springs district will get $526,352 total, with $249,912 for school connectivity, $174,202... more

Dryden finds new, but familiar, superintendent

Joshua Bacigalupi is not an unknown figure in the Dryden Central School District. Before taking his current position as principal of Alton B. Parker Elementary School in the Cortland Enlarged City School District, Bacigalupi filled the positions of both Assistant Principal and Principal of Dryden Elementary School. At the May 21 meeting of the Dryden Board of Education Bacigalupi was... more

Moravia officials decide nonconforming use clause irrelevant to former school

The village of Moravia decided a nonconforming use clause in a zoning law was irrelevant to a historic property, in opposition to the building owner’s assertion, during a Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on Monday. The debate began a month ago when Gary Debele requested a ZBA public hearing for an interpretation of a 1988 local law. Last summer, Debele... more

Dollar General donates $50K to South Seneca Middle & High School (video)

There’s nothing quite like a $50,000 surprise on a Friday morning. South Seneca Middle and High School administrators, faculty, and students were surprised with a $50,000 check from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The Reading Revolution funding will be used at the School’s discretion to purchase books, fund technology programs, buy computers and other educational supplies, and much more. Since... more
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