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Skaneateles school district hires new administrator

The Skaneateles Central School District approved Steve Musso’s appointment as Student Wellness, Activities and Athletics director. Musso — who has been the director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics for the Phoenix Central School District since 2015 — was approved by the board of education at a board meeting Tuesday night. The director position was one of several new jobs... more

NY tuition help at private colleges: Colgate opts out; Cornell, Wells College in

Colgate University has decided to join Le Moyne College in declining to take part in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new initiative that offers tuition assistance for students in New York private schools. Colgate, a prestigious private school in Hamilton, believes the program’s requirements for graduates to live in New York for up to four years are too restrictive, a school administrator... more

Flexible seating empowers Romulus students for better learning

By first grade, most children have heard the story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” where a young girl invades the home of a family of bears and finds Papa Bear’s chair is too hard, Mama Bear’s chair is too soft, but Baby Bear’s chair is just right. For the 6 and 7-year-old students in Matt McCusker’s first grade class... more

Auburn schools cut dozen jobs to meet budget constraints

The Auburn school district cut more than a dozen jobs to meet budget constraints Tuesday, The Citizen reported. The school board voted to eliminate 13.5 positions at its meeting Tuesday, according to the report. The cuts are part of an effort to make up a $3.6 million deficit in the Auburn Enlarged City School District’s budget for the coming school... more

Cato-Meridian school board candidate gets seat following vice president’s resignation

A Cato-Meridian Central School District Board of Education candidate who lost by five votes last month now has a seat at the table. Monica Waite was appointed by the board at a meeting Monday night following board vice president L. Lee Epprecht’s resignation. Epprecht closed a deal on a home in Red Creek and moved from the school district in... more

Victor school officials break silence on students’ controversial poetry book

Victor school officials have not condoned the actions of senior high school students who produced a controversial poetry book last fall, board of education President Deborah Palumbo-Sanders read from a prepared statement Thursday. Speaking at the June meeting of the board, her statement broke the silence since the Victor Central School District issued an official statement May 25, about a... more

Victor School Board: Haiku book controversy a “teachable moment”

The Victor Central School District took a much different stand on a controversial book of poems written and published by students. Many believe the book contains racist, homophobic and demeaning content. At first, the district called the writings as satirical. Now, after outcry from parents, it’s a different story. At Thursday’s Board of Education meeting, the board president said the... more

Canandaigua teacher passes away unexpectedly

The Canandaigua Central School District unexpectedly lost one of their own on May 30th, according to school officials. Todd Feldman, who was a social studies teacher with the district, passed away. Additional counseling personnel will be at the high school over the next several days, as students, faculty and the community grieves. Funeral arrangements will be announced when they’re set,... more

New York students can apply for free college tuition June 7th

New York college students can apply for the state’s free tuition plan beginning June 7. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation Board of Trustees approved Excelsior Scholarship regulations last week. The initiative was a key priority for Cuomo. It covers tuition at state universities for full-time, in-state students whose families earn $125,000 or less.... more

Joe Biden delivers impassioned speech to Cornell students (full video)

Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden came clean on why he decided to come to Cornell University during the start of his speech at the Senior Convocation ceremony Saturday. “I have to admit the real reason I came today – I love ice cream,” Biden said, referencing the new Big Red, White and Biden ice cream produced... more

State reviewing sexual-assault law compliance at colleges

Area colleges — including Hobart and William Smith, where an alleged sexual assault drew national attention — will be the subject of investigations by the Cuomo administration to see if they are complying with a state law addressing the issue. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered a comprehensive review of compliance under the Enough is Enough law at all higher-education institutions... more

Inside the controversial book published by Victor students

The Victor Central School District says it became aware of a controversial and some say offensive book of haiku poems published by a small group of students in mid-April. In a statement sent to parents today the district states it investigated the book and found, “It was intended to be humorous and satirical.” The book includes profanity, homophobic comments and... more

HELMING: Common Core needs overhaul

Major changes are ahead for New York’s families with school-aged children as the Common Core Standards are headed for a major overhaul. Rolled out nationally in 2011, the Common Core was intended to create a baseline of standards to be used nationally, but is more often known for its confusing language and unsuitability for students with disabilities. Criticism of the... more

Wells College graduates encouraged to ‘dream big, act big’

The flowers were in bloom and the sun was bright as the graduating students of the 149th Wells College commencement gathered on the front lawn of Macmillan Hall to receive their much-awaited degrees. Family and friends filled seats and watched with excitement as words of encouragement and advice for life were given out to the 111 graduating students. “Your life... more

Cornell names research fund in honor of longtime state Sen. Michael Nozzolio

Former state Sen. Michael Nozzolio has received another honor from his alma mater. Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences launched the Senator Michael Nozzolio Fund for Viticulture and Enology, an endowment fund that will support the school’s wine and grape research. Nozzolio earned bachelor’s and master degrees at Cornell in the mid-1970s. During his career as a state... more

Area school budgets pass easily

Voters approved most area school budgets and spending propositions in voting on Tuesday. In Geneva, the $52.46 million budget passed by a 530-151 margin. A bus acquisition also passed by a nearly identical vote (530-150). “We are so grateful to this community for supporting us and believing in our initiatives,” Superintendent Trina Newton said. “Voters in Geneva have shown that... more

President Clinton in Geneva: ‘Our common humanity matters the most’ (full video)

“We are in one of the most exciting, rapidly changing periods in human history,” President Bill Clinton said before hundreds of people gathered Sunday for commencement at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva. The 42nd president of the United States and founder of the charitable Clinton Foundation delivered a commencement address filled with optimism. Clinton also challenged graduates —... more

Time to vote on more than $27 million capital project at Clyde Savannah

School district officials at Clyde-Savannah went out of their way to improve their schools and get everything they wanted on their wish list while ensuring the project would have no impact on local taxes. “This is an unprecedented opportunity for our district,” said Michael C. Hayden, Superintendent of Clyde-Savannah Central School District. “The amount of aid, 89.2 percent, is outstanding.”... more
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