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Tax cap will lower for school districts, adding pressure to budgeting

Tax cap will lower for school districts, adding pressure to budgeting
The tax cap is getting lower … at least a little bit for the time being. A slight decrease to the property tax cap for school districts is falling a little bit for the upcoming fiscal year. It will be lowered from 2% to 1.81% this summer. That means budget officers in local school districts are having to consider ways... more

Auburn school district ends discussion around utility tax for property owners

Auburn school district ends discussion around utility tax for property owners
The Auburn Enlarged City School District isn’t going to go forward with a utility tax proposal, which drew heavy criticism after its initial discussion. “The district would like to thank the community for all of the feedback,” Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo said in a press release. “After many phone calls, emails, and face to face discussions, we have received enough feedback... more

Governor Cuomo outlines full-plan for spending in 2020 (video)

Governor Cuomo outlines full-plan for spending in 2020
Governor Andrew Cuomo says his proposals outline a bold vision for New York as it battles with some of the toughest economic pressures the state has faced in years. The 2020 budget plan features a $33 billion five-year plan to combat climate change, including a new plan to streamline government bureaucracy to deliver renewable energy projects faster; a $25 billion expansion of... more

Enrollment at community colleges in Finger Lakes has declined 19-60%

Enrollment at community colleges in Finger Lakes has declined 19-60%
Enrollment at community colleges is declining. Across the U.S., and also across New York State. Between 2010 and 2019, a report by the Times Union in Albany shows that enrollment has declined by 23 percent at SUNY community colleges. It’s creating a crisis; not only in the operational sense, but in terms of cash – as less enrollment means less... more

Waterloo CSD could have new facilities director after Monday meeting

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The Waterloo Board of Education will likely appoint a new Facilities Director for the Waterloo School District on Monday. The Finger Lakes Times reports that Donald Miller Jr., has been proposed for the position. The position has been vacant since the resignation of Jeff Mochan. The facilities director is responsible for overseeing buildings and grounds for the district. To have... more

Bomb threat prompts early dismissal at Victor schools

Pair of Victor schools evacuated, will dismiss early after bomb threat
A pair of schools in Victor are dismissing early after a bomb threat resulted in evacuation. A robocall to parents outlined a threat, which was written on a wall of a bathroom at the Victor Senior High School on Thursday. The threat was found and students at both high and middle schools were evacuated. Witnesses say police are present at... more

URMC Psychiatry Dept. awarded $6.7 million grant to fight rural opioid abuse

URMC Psychiatry Dept. awarded $6.7 million grant to fight rural opioid abuse
Big money is coming to study the rural opioid fight. The University of Rochester Medical Center has received a $6.7 million federal grant, which will help rural communities use evidence-based practices to overcome opioid abuse. The grant is one of three given to Rural Centers of Excellence on Substance Use Disorder. Leaders in substance use disorder and rural medicine from... more

Is the STAR program working? NYS says so, but not everyone agrees

Is the STAR program working? NYS says so, but not everyone agrees
New York State believes its administering the STAR program well. Over the last several years we’ve heard complaints from taxpayers, as well as local legislators, who say that the state has implemented too many changes, and made the system, or process, overly complex. Altogether three million New Yorkers get breaks on their school taxes due to the program. While there... more

Auburn schools seek new tax collection method to balance funding challenges

Auburn schools seek new tax collection method to balance funding challenges
Should the Auburn Enlarged City School District tax consumer utilities? That’s the question being debated around the district’s board of education. A vote is coming on January 28th, but a public hearing will be held beforehand to determine the public interest on the matter. There are some examples across the state for having this kind of implementation. The District itself... more

eSports program getting more attention, acclaim at Keuka College

eSports program getting more attention, acclaim at Keuka College
Keuka College’s pioneering – and growing – Esports programs are once again making news. University Business magazine profiled the successful program this month in a story headlined “2 models for powering your Esports program.” “Keuka College, a small school in New York’s Finger Lakes region, has had an outsize influence on colleges with Esports,” the story began. What started a... more

Three BOE seats up in Penn Yan school district, nominating petitions now available

Three BOE seats up in Penn Yan school district, nominating petitions now available
Petition forms are available for those interested in running for Penn Yan Board of Education. Three seats are up for election this year. An annual budget and election is scheduled for May 19th. Terms are three years in length. Necessary forms can be picked up from the district office between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the week. Petitions must... more

More to be spent on capital project in Seneca Falls, but taxpayers won’t take hit

More to be spent on capital project in Seneca Falls, but taxpayers won’t take hit
A capital improvement project in Seneca Falls could cost nearly $4 million more, after bids were higher than expected. The board voted 7-0 to seek voter approval to spend the extra funds. The Finger Lakes Times reports that of that $3.9 million, $750,000 would come from a district capital building reserve fund, while the remaining $3.2 million would be borrowed... more

Wells College officials feel like they’re making progress as probation continues

Wells College officials feel like they’re making progress as probation continues
Things look like they are improving. The Auburn Citizen reports that Wells College has submitted a required monitoring report. The focus of that report is said to be long-term stability, and was authored by Wells College President Jonathan Gibralter. Among the changes that have resulted in positive outcomes: The hiring of new administrators, and increased enrollment. The good news gives... more

Skaneateles passes new rules for middle school students trying to play JV sports

Skaneateles passes new rules for middle school students trying to play JV sports
After controversy in the Skaneateles Central School District, the Board of Education passed new policies to avoid it in the future. Last year the district’s medical director ruled that a handful of middle school students didn’t meet standards to play JV lacrosse. Then, the district received threats of litigation, according to The Citizen. The state has a policy for schools... more

Maple syrup workshop coming to Canandaigua in January

Maple syrup workshop coming to Canandaigua in January
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County is offering a “Beginner Maple Producer” Workshop on January 16th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Center, 480 North Main St., Canandaigua. Stephen Childs, New York State Extension Specialist in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University will handle presenting responsibilities, as the... more

Comptroller’s audit finds that Moravia schools can’t account for $9,000 in fuel

Comptroller’s audit finds that Moravia schools can’t account for $9,000 in fuel
What happened to the fuel? The Auburn Citizen reports that more than $9,000 worth of fuel can’t be accounted for following an audit of the Moravia Central School District. The answer? Apparently more cameras, and better safeguards to ensure that the shortcoming isn’t realized again. The shortage, or lack of accounting was discovered in the period between July 2018 and... more
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