Port Byron parents angered at lack of administrative communication over school threat

About 40 people — many of them parents of students in the Cayuga County community — rallied Monday to express their frustration with how the Port Byron School District handled a recent school threat. A 12-year-old student at the district was arrested on Friday by New York State Police for making a threat to harm students at school on social... more

State Police: 12-year-old Port Byron student makes ‘terroristic threat’ on social media

A 12-year-old boy has been arrested on felony charges, according to State Police, after making a terroristic threat about students at the Port Byron School District. Police say that claims were made on social media about him harming students — during the school day. Investigators say they don’t believe the threats would have been carried out, nor do they believe... more

Deputies: Clyde woman accused of stealing from school group held on $25K bail

An arrest has been made involving the stolen money from a Parent-Teacher Group at the Clyde-Savannah Elementary School. Investigators arrested 41-year-old Julie Rivello, who was charged with second-degree forgery and third-degree grand larceny. Rivello is listed as an employee within the Clyde-Savannah School District, and according to the website — is a secretary. Investigators say Rivello wrote multiple checks to... more

Sheriff: Montezuma man authored letter detailing threat against Auburn HS

Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould reports that on December 15th members of his office received a letter through the U.S. Mail from an unknown source, which alleged that an individual had made threats of violence against the Auburn High School. The Auburn Police Department was notified and in turn made notification to school officials through their resource officer. Detectives from... more

Newark students call for better race dialogue after principal’s words during assembly

A group of students at Newark High School say they want a better dialogue within their school after an assembly meant to celebrate Black History Month turned sour. Posts on various social media accounts describe the assembly on Wednesday as one to celebrate African-American students and black history. However, when Principal Thomas Roote took the stage, students say his words... more

District: Threat rumors at Auburn Junior High School not credible

The Auburn Enlarged City School District said rumors about a threat to Auburn Junior High School were investigated and found to not be credible. District Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo said an automated phone call was sent out to parents Friday morning saying there were rumors of a threat, the rumors were investigated and that there was "no credible threat." Pirozzolo said... more

Superintendent: Police investigate Port Byron student’s concerning Instagram post

New York State Police have opened an investigation at the Port Byron Central School District after a middle school student made a concerning post on social media Thursday night, Superintendent Neil O'Brien said. At around 7 p.m. Thursday, O'Brien said a student posted something on Instagram that caused concern at the district, which asked state police to investigate. In a... more

Pulaski schools head confirmed as Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES district superintendent

After almost a year without a full-time district superintendent, a new leader for the Cayuga-Onondaga Board of Cooperative Educational Services has been selected. The BOCES board of education voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Brian K. Hartwell, the superintendent of the Pulaski Academy & Central School District, as the Cayuga-Onondaga district BOCES leader at a board meeting Thursday night. Hartwell was... more

Deputies: Canandaigua woman forged lease agreement for access to school district

Deputies say a 34-year-old Canandaigua resident was arrested on Thursday after providing false documentation related to residency. Alissa C. Allgood, 36, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument after it was revealed that last October she provided a false lease agreement to the Canandaigua City School District — alleging that it was proof of residency. Investigators also... more

Auburn schools and law enforcement train for any situation

Auburn Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo said he was on the phone all day with parents who were concerned about their child's safety at school. Pirozzolo said he re-assured parents that there is a plan and they are actively reviewing it, preparing for the worst. Since 2007, Auburn schools practiced safety for shootings, fires and weather situations. The plans are reviewed and... more

Local schools respond to ‘tragic and senseless act’ of violence

The horrific Valentine’s Day shooting in Broward County, Florida, that claimed the lives of 17 students and teachers was on the minds of educators nationwide Thursday. Ontario County was no exception. Canandaigua City School District Superintendent Jamie Farr issued a letter to the “Braves family” Thursday afternoon assuring his district is vigilant, compassionate and supportive of students, staff and colleagues.... more

Auburn basketball player reinstated to team following school board discussion

An Auburn High School student who had been kicked off the Auburn boys basketball team after being accused of vaping in school has been reinstated, along with another unnamed athlete who had been removed from a different team earlier this year. Al Brown said the school district superintendent informed him Wednesday that his stepson, senior Majesty Wilder, will be able... more

Concerns over basketball player’s removal brought to Auburn school board

The stepfather of an Auburn High School student taken off the Auburn boys basketball team addressed the school district board, saying he feels his stepson’s code of conduct violation case was handled unfairly. Al Brown told the Auburn Enlarged City School District Board of Education at its meeting Tuesday night that he felt his stepson, former basketball player Majesty Wilder,... more

Former HWS president will lead Institute of Politics at Harvard

Mark D. Gearan has been appointed Director of the Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School, Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf announced today. Gearan will begin at the IOP in March. “At Harvard we believe in the power of public service to transform our societies for the better,” said Drew Faust, President of Harvard University and Lincoln Professor of... more

DEBRIEF: Unpacking school start times, tablets in prison, political appointments & Linden St. (podcast)

On Episode #18 of The Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso debate school start times, tablets in prison, the appointment of a deputy supervisor in Canandaigua, and a controversial property on Linden Street in Geneva. WATCH THE ENTIRE PODCAST BELOW OR LISTEN: more

Cayuga County-area high school graduation rates largely down from last year

Graduation rates for most Cayuga County-area high schools dropped from last year, according to data released by the state education department Wednesday. The department laid out the high school graduation rates for each district in the state. Out of nine Cayuga County-area districts, only three high schools — Auburn, Skaneateles and Southern Cayuga — saw bumps in their numbers from... more

Cornell frat disciplined for “Pig Roast” sex contest

A Cornell University fraternity chapter that held a sex contest that members dubbed the Pig Roast in reference to the weight of the women they slept with has been placed on probation for two years. The university said officials launched an investigation of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity last year after reports about the secret game, in which new members... more

Activities will still take place despite ‘substantial’ amount of money stolen from Clyde-Savannah Elementary group

Parents, teachers, and those within the Clyde-Savannah Central School District are tense after a ‘significant’ sum of money went missing from a parent-teacher fund. A meeting on Tuesday for the Parent Teacher Group at Clyde-Savannah Elementary School on Tuesday was supposed to focus on the upcoming Daddy-Daughter Dance. However, parents were stunned to learn of a theft — that allegedly... more
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