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Teen charged with making terroristic threat after Columbine reference on Snapchat

The Penn Yan Police Department and Yates County Sheriff’s Office have provided an update on the threat made on social media by a 17-year-old resident. Police say that on Friday around 9 a.m. Garret M. Wawrzyk, 17, posted a photo to Snapchat, which showed an item alleged to be a gun with the caption “Eric Harris v2.” Eric Harris was... more

Did a cyberattack strike New York’s student tests?

New York was one of seven states earlier this week whose student tests were hit by what was reportedly a "deliberate attack" on the computer system operated by Questar, an outside vendor. On Tuesday, New York was one of the states whose students in grades 3-8 were taking computerized English tests, but were interrupted by what the Tennessee education commissioner... more

Geneva City Manager Search Committee meets for first time at HWS

The City Manager Search Community Committee met for its first meeting at Demarest Hall at Hobart William Smith. The group met from 11:30am-1:00pm. Mayor Ron Alcock greeted the members and thanked them for volunteering for this very important task. After introductions, the members signed confidentiality agreements. This process being confidential is an industry practice that allows the privacy of the... more

Auburn school district could possibly cut 28 staff positions in face of deficit

The Auburn Enlarged City School District could cut 28 proposed staff positions. The cuts were discussed during a board of education meeting Wednesday. The board also approved a 1.58-percent tax levy increase to present to taxpayers for the May 15 budget vote. That levy increase is equal to the district’s tax cap limit given by the state. The district’s total... more

Ten candidates seek three seats on Waterloo school board

It’s the biggest field of candidates in recent memory. School district voters will have 10 people to choose from for three seats on the nine-member school board when they go to the polls May 15. The three-year terms of incumbents Ellen Hughes and Charles Bronson expire this year; both are seeking re-election. A third spot is open because Kathleen Oldfield... more

Several Cayuga County-area school board elections contested this year

More than half of the Cayuga County-area central school district board of education elections this year will feature contested races. The deadline to petition for most school board seats was April 16. Candidate voting for each district, along with budget votes and any other propositions districts might have, will be held May 15. • The Cato-Meridian Central School District Board... more

Supporters of Vincent ask HWS trustees to not accept resignation amid plagiarism investigation

Many supporters of former Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Greg Vincent are defending the man, who are calling into question — the allegations against him. He cited an interest to ‘avoid any further stress to the compass community’ when submitting a letter of resignation to the Board of Trustees on Friday. However, supporters of the embattled former president —... more

Victor’s $25M capital project ready to start construction

American tariffs on aluminum and steel, coupled with a saturated 2018 construction market, are being closely watched by Victor school officials as they prepare to begin construction on a $25 million capital improvement project approved by voters in October 2016. “We’re seeing spikes and increases in materials and, then also, we have just locally, a saturated market,” Mark Esposito, a... more

Dr. Vincent out at HWS, ending plagiarism investigation

On Friday, Dr. Gregory J. Vincent ’83 announced to the Board of Trustees that he would resign his position as president effective immediately. “After a great deal of thought and consideration, in the best interests of my family and myself, and for the love of Hobart and William Smith, I have decided to tender my resignation in order to explore... more

Delays abound for English assessments across Cayuga County area

Delays plagued English language arts assessments across Cayuga County-area schools Wednesday and Thursday. Auburn Enlarged City School District Director of Instruction Dennis Taylor and Port Byron Central School District Superintendent Neil O’Brien said the Central New York Regional Information Center — the internet provider for several state BOCES components — had connectivity problems Thursday that delayed testing for some students... more

After state aid concerns, Port Byron school district to have a tight budget

The Port Byron Central School District will have a tight 2018-2019 budget after state aid issues. At a district board of education meeting Thursday night, the board approved the 2018-2019 budget to be brought forth to taxpayers for the budget vote May 15. Mitch Toleson, the district's assistant superintendent for business and finance, said during a budget presentation before the... more

School leaders grateful for increased education aid

School officials throughout the area got some good news as they were starting their spring break last week, but many feel the increase in educational aid is still insufficient. At the 11th hour on March 30, an additional $226 million in education aid was added to the proposed 2018-19 spending plan shortly before it was passed by the Legislature and... more

Retirements may help Auburn school district avoid some layoffs in face of budget gap

Around 200 to 300 years’ worth of experience will leave the Auburn Enlarged City School District after the end of the year. The district is looking to make cuts toward positions with incoming retirements to save jobs ahead of the district’s looming deficit. District Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo said Wednesday that the district discussed cuts at a 2018-2019 budget workshop Tuesday.... more

$161M project breaks ground at Canandaigua VA

A groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center marked the kickoff of a $161 million project to give veterans across the region a modern, state-of-the art outpatient clinic and related upgrades. Gathered under the pavilion overlooking the VA courtyard and area where the new 84,200-square-foot clinic will be housed were many involved with the project. They included members... more

Cornell awarded $650,000 grant to fight opioid abuse

The College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, was awarded a three-year $650,000 grant to respond to the opioid epidemic. The funds come from the William T. Grant Foundation's first Institutional Challenge Grant and were awarded to combat increasing rates of opioid abuse and child maltreatment in low-income, rural communities in... more

‘Future to be determined’: Board weighs options for Auburn geospatial technology institute

The Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology at Cayuga Community College in Auburn has no staff, no working website and is lapsed in its charitable status. The institute's board, however, says it's working toward the best solution for its future, though members are foggy on what that exactly means. The approximately 15-year-old organization began as a nonprofit, focusing on... more

State budget includes more money for Farm to School program

More money is included in the recently adopted state budget for a program designed to help farms and schools by getting more nutritious fresh foods to students’ lunch trays. Reimbursements for schools purchasing 30 percent or more of their lunch food ingredients from locally grown or locally processed suppliers will increase from 6 cents a meal to 25 cents, part... more

Modified Common Core testing starts this week

Students across the state will take the controversial common core testing for the first time, since changes were made to the test last year. The State reduced the number of testing days for each subject from three days to two and changed what students are required to know in each grade. Supporters say the test is a good tool to... more
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