Students struggle with loan default, program completion at some local colleges

College is difficult. Two stories featured on Syracuse.com look at higher education in Upstate New York. In particular, both focus on colleges with the highest rates of default for federal borrowers. The numbers show that students at community colleges often struggle with loan repayment. Those same numbers also show that students at technical schools and community colleges struggle with completing... more

DEBRIEF: Geneva deals with policing challenges, Local Law No. 2 shot down (podcast)

On Wednesday’s edition of the Debrief Podcast, Josh Durso and Jackie Augustine talk about ongoing issues in Seneca Falls and Geneva, as well as dialogue at the state-level regarding higher education. Watch the stream below, or check out the audio-only version in the player above: . more

Auburn school district cuts ribbon on newly renovated sports facility

A newly upgraded Holland Stadium in Auburn was shown to the public at a ribbon-cutting Wednesday night. People of all ages gathered at the event, many of them wearing the Auburn Enlarged City School District's maroon color. Author and entrepreneur Joe Holland, son of the stadium's Auburn-born namesake, diplomat and educator Dr. Jerome H. "Brud" Holland, asked students in the... more

Cornell student charged in attack apologizes for behavior

A white Cornell University student charged with beating a black student has apologized for the language he used during an attack that police say may have been racially motivated. Nineteen-year-old John Greenwood issued a statement Thursday saying that last Friday in Ithaca he was involved in a "verbal exchange" that he regrets. Greenwood's statement said he used language "that was... more

Waterloo school board to consider hiring new reading teachers

The Board of Education will consider hiring two new reading teachers at Monday’s meeting. Heather Hastings is being proposed as a long-term substitute reading teacher at LaFayette Intermediate School for the 2017-18 school year. Nichole Greer is being recommended for appointment to a four-year probationary period as a reading teacher. The board will also receive a report from Assistant Superintendent... more

Cato-Meridian school district eyes preliminary plans for capital project

The Cato-Meridian Central School District is in the early stages of planning a capital project taxpayers could vote for by year’s end. The $3 million to $5 million project and the possible referendum for it were discussed at a district board of education meeting Monday. District Superintendent Noel Patterson said Tuesday that although the exact costs and scope haven’t been... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Seneca Falls officials talk substance abuse, upcoming Tall Cop program (podcast)

On a special edition of the Inside the FLX podcast representatives from the Seneca Falls Central School District, Seneca Falls Police Department and Generations Bank will be in to discuss substance abuse, and a program aimed at connecting with kids, parents and members of the community. The “Tall Cop Says Stop” program is set for Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from... more

FAFSA workshop coming for parents in Seneca and Cayuga counties

Generations Bank announces the offering of two FAFSA – Free Applications for Federal Student Aid – Workshops for students and parents in Seneca & Cayuga County. These workshops will be hosted by Generations Bank Student Lending Champion, Christie Schwab, and will offer students and parents a chance to complete the FAFSA at the event with assistance from bankers and lending... more

Jordan-Elbridge school board OKs agreement between superintendent and teachers association

The Jordan-Elbridge school board approved a tentative agreement between the district superintendent and the Jordan-Elbridge Teachers’ Association Wednesday night. The board green-lit the agreement at its meeting at Jordan-Elbridge Middle School. The motion passed 6-1; board member Michael Jorolemon cast the dissenting vote. Salaries for returning unit staff members will increase by 2.8 percent each year for the next three... more

Lattimore Hall sold; Cayuga Community College expects relationship will remain the same

Lattimore Hall has been sold, but Cayuga Community College does not anticipate the sale will change anything about the college’s relationship with the independent student housing complex. Prior owner Lattimore Hall LLC, of Syracuse, sold the building at 81 Genesee St., Auburn, to WCBB Holdings LLC on Aug. 15. The sale price was $3,803,000; the property’s market value is $2,500,000,... more

FL schools turning to social media more and more

It’s not just the chillier evenings and sales on school supplies that signal another school year is at hand. If you take a look at school district websites or follow your own district on social media, the signs have been there for weeks. In this age of instant information, usually on a mobile phone, Finger Lakes area school districts are... more

Cayuga Onondaga BOCES cut special education aide positions but kept some staff

The Cayuga Onondaga BOCES cut 16 special education aide positions but the program was able to bring back some of those staff members in other ways. Mark Vivacqua, the district's chief operating officer, said while 25 aide positions were up to possibly be cut ahead of the new school year, it later became 16 positions instead. While those jobs were... more

Bloomfield CSD looking for new superintendent

A search is well underway in the Bloomfield Central School District for a new superintendent to replace Michael Midey, who will retire at the end of December. About 20 applications have been received which the board of education will review in the next couple of weeks, according to Mike Ford, director of leadership development at the University of Rochester’s Center... more

Auburn school district selects new assistant superintendent for instruction and curriculum

The Auburn school district found a candidate in-house to fill its assistant superintendent for instruction and curriculum position. The Auburn Enlarged City School District Board of Education approved Krista Martin for the role at a special board meeting at the Harriet Tubman Administration Building on Tuesday night. Martin, who has been the district's director of secondary special education for around... more

Martha Pollack officially installed as Cornell’s14th president

Martha Pollack was officially welcomed as the 14th president in Cornell University history on Friday during an installation ceremony on the Arts Quad. Hundreds of Cornell students, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the public attended the near two-hour ceremony, which was followed by a community celebration on the Quad. Dartmouth President Philip J. Hanlon gave the installation address and... more

Sex assault charges dropped against ex-Cornell athlete

The sexual assault charges against a former Cornell University men’s basketball player have been dismissed. All charges were dropped against Xavier Eaglin in April, and arrest records have been sealed, according to Tompkins County Court documents. Eaglin, of Raywood, Texas, was a 19-year-old freshman when he was charged with first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree criminal sex act, both felonies,... more

Schools will send surveys for community, staff, student input

Community members, school staff and students in the Dundee and Penn Yan Central School Districts will soon be receiving surveys from the school districts as they work to identify the best way to meet the public education needs of the future. Both school districts have seen enrollments decline 30 percent over the past 15 years. Dundee School Board members reviewed... more

Wells College’s new student enrollment up from last year

Wells College’s enrollment numbers for new students are seeing a boost from last year. Kishan Zuber, vice president for enrollment services for the Aurora-based private college, said enrollment for new arrivals is currently up 11 percent from last fall’s final enrollment. Current total enrollment estimates haven’t been determined yet, she said. While Zuber noted that those numbers are not set... more
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