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Waterloo teacher says last contract shows lack of respect

Jeff Valentino of Auburn loves his job teaching first graders at Skoi-Yase Primary School. He told the Board of Education Monday he’s been teaching here for 21 years, a rare male teacher at the lower grade level. But he told the board he feels unappreciated and not respected for his efforts after the new teacher contract that went into effect... more

FLCC sharpening strategic focus

Four broad topics, surrounding the main goal of maximizing student success, are laying the foundation for Finger Lakes Community College’s development of its next five-year strategic plan. College leaders are looking for help from business leaders and the community at large in doing so. Members of the Victor and Canandaigua Chambers of Commerce on Thursday heard how the process is... more

DEBRIEF: Tackling budgets, new hires, and disaster declaration along Lake Ontario (podcast)

On Wednesday’s edition of the Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso dive into election results, ballot measures, the budget process in Seneca Falls as the Town Board weighs usage of landfill revenue, a newly hired Director of Public Works in Seneca County, and disaster declaration along the shores of Lake Ontario. . more

Cornell tech facility to receive $15 million in state funding

The Cornell High Energy Synchotron Source will be receiving $15 million in state funding over three years, government and university officials announced Wednesday. Cornell University will use the funding to invest in capital improvements at CHESS. The funding also will allow for the creation of 50 to 100 high-paying high-technology jobs mostly for engineers and technicians, while allowing for the... more

Pal-Mac Superintendent Bob Ike earns state honor

Like many in the Palmyra-Macedon school community, state educators also appear to like Superintendent Bob Ike, especially his accomplishments. The New York State Council of School Superintendents on Wednesday announced that Ike was named the 2018 New York State School Superintendent of the Year. Ike is now New York’s candidate for national superintendent of the year. Ike said he holds... more

Cayuga Community College creates new policies

Cayuga Community College is beefing up its policies. The college’s board of trustees approved new policies at a board meeting in Auburn on Wednesday night. The committee and policies will go into effect Dec. 1 One policy was related to the Campus Safety Advisory Committee, responsible for examining and recommending changes to safety policies, security initiatives and other relevant college... more

Thursday is deadline for bids on Waterloo’s Main Street School

Looking to buy a school? The deadline to submit a proposal to buy and redevelop the vacant Main Street School is noon Thursday. The architecturally-appealing three-story building was opened in 1928 and was last used as a school in June 2014. It has been declared surplus and the sale would include a playground area across the street on West William... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Yates Legislature Chairman Dr. Tim Dennis talks local issues (podcast)

On Episode #83 of the Inside the FLX Podcast Yates County Legislature Chairman Dr. Tim Dennis joined Josh Durso to discuss a wide range of topics. The discussion included thoughts on the recent election, ongoing economic development efforts, as well as his thoughts on some regional environmental issues. . more

INSIDE THE FLX: Previewing Seneca Falls CSD capital project vote (podcast)

On Episode #82 of the Inside the FLX Podcast two officials from the Seneca Falls Central School District talk about the proposed $13.9 million capital improvement project, which is slated to come before voters on December 19th. Jim Bruni, Seneca Falls Central School District Administrator of Business and Operations, and District Superintendent Bob McKeveny talked about the process moved through... more

Geneva High School placed on lockdown; bullets found outside classroom

Geneva High School was placed in lockdown this morning after two .22 caliber bullets were found outside of a classroom near the building entrance. A staff member noticed the ammunition on the floor and immediately notified administrators. A precautionary lockdown was initiated in accordance with district protocol at about 9:55 am. and the Geneva Police Department was called to assist.... more

NY comptroller’s office finalizes audit on Auburn school district’s payroll practices

The state comptroller’s office has released an audit on the Auburn Enlarged City School District’s employee compensation and benefits practices that recommends improvements for certain aspects of payroll processing. The report on the audit was announced in a press release Wednesday. Samples of the district’s transactions were inspected from July 1, 2015, to July 5, 2017. According to the report,... more

Dryden School District searches for new superintendent

Since the beginning of this school year, Interim Superintendent William Locke has been filling the position of School Superintendent for Dryden Schools. He will stay with us until the end of this school year in June 2018. In the meantime, the search for our new superintendent is on. To facilitate the process, TST BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Matteson, will... more

Police: Lyons bus driver, aide left 2-year-old on bus after shift

A Lyons school bus driver and aide were arrested last week after they allegedly left a two-year-old child on the bus. According to the Times of Wayne County, 46-year-old Thomas Casler was driving the bus on October 24th.   Casler and the aide, 55-year-old Debra Clack, both got off of the bus at the bus garage in Lyons after finishing their... more

Cato-Meridian schools superintendent search down to two

The Cato-Meridian Central School District has narrowed its pool of potential superintendents to two. Superintendent Noel Patterson's retirement, effective Jan. 2, was approved at a board meeting Monday, and school board president Michael Lees said the board is planning to select a superintendent by early December. Selected candidates for the superintendent spot met with the board in interviews Oct. 3... more

New era begins in Geneva: HWS inaugurates Vincent ’83 as President

“Hobart and William Smith have a history of taking chances and being bold,” said HWS President Gregory J. Vincent ’83 as he outlined his vision for the Colleges’ future during his inaugural address. During his standing-room-only Presidential Inauguration at Trinity Church in Geneva, Vincent reflected on the legacy of the pioneering students, faculty and graduates who have had incredible achievements... more

Penn Yan, Dundee schools kill merger talks

The Penn Yan and Dundee Central School Districts have taken the idea of a merger off the table as they continue discussions about ways to offer students more opportunities through two committees with specific focuses. Last week the schools each circulated statements about the outcome of surveys in the communities, both making it clear that any conversations of exploring a... more

Cayuga Community College to work with local agencies on Start-Up New York program

Cayuga Community College will be working with different local agencies on the Start-Up New York program. The college’s affiliation agreement with the Cayuga County Industrial Development Agency and the Auburn Industrial Development Authority was approved at a college board of trustees meeting in Auburn on Wednesday. The start-up program, created in 2013, allows expanding businesses or businesses new to the... more

Ceremony held to inaugurate NYCC’s sixth president

Dr. Thomas De Vita, Chair of the NYCC Board of Trustees, administered the presidential oath of office to Dr. Michael A. Mestan before dozens of educational and civic leaders, along with hundreds of students, faculty, staff, family, and friends of the institution. The Presidential Investiture Ceremony to inaugurate the College’s sixth president was live-streamed for those not able to be... more
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