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Cato-Meridian schools developing new security measures

In response to school security issues local and nationwide, the Cato-Meridian Central School District is looking at new safety and security measures. District Superintendent Terry Ward said the district has included card-reading systems on doors, interior security doors and window film in the $65 million capital project approved by the community in December. The security features were added to the... more

Proposed Cato-Meridian gym rental deal canceled

A proposed deal that would have allowed a Liverpool college’s basketball team to use the Cato-Meridian Central School District’s recreation center for games and practices has fallen through. District superintendent Terry Ward said in an email Thursday that the possible contract giving Bryant & Stratton College’s men’s basketball team access to the center’s gymnasium had been called off. “The proposed... more

Worth 1,000 words: Cato-Meridian students create portraits for Syrian children

On Tuesday, Cato-Meridian High School art teacher Shayna Burghdorf witnessed something she had never heard before: her sixth-period class reduced largely to silence. Burghdorf said that apart from some subtle sniffles, no sounds came from her 12 students. A video on painted portraits the students made of Syrian refugees was the culprit. Months earlier, the students participated in The Memory... more

Cato-Meridian school district recognized by education research group

Cato-Meridian Elementary School has been acknowledged by an education research and consulting group. For the second year in a row, the school has been recognized by the company Better Outcomes as being among the top public schools for the achievement of students in poverty, according to a letter the Cato-Meridian school district received earlier this month from the company. The... more

Cato-Meridian sending positive messages to students following recent lockdown

It is a big message of positivity delivered in small way. “We need to heal as a community and we need to heal as a school building and a school district,” Dr. Terry Ward, Cato-Meridian superintendent, said. More than a thousand Post-it notes plastered the lockers of Cato-Meridian high school – reminding students to be powerful and brave. “Really the... more

‘Shelter in Place’ lifted at Skaneateles school, Gould says Cato-Meridian incident ‘non-malicious’

A pair of incidents at Cayuga County area schools left a district and middle school on lockdown Thursday morning. While the two incidents are not related, parents first received a message that the Cato-Meridian School District was being placed on lockdown after ammunition was reportedly found inside a backpack. That lockdown was lifted shortly thereafter, but a second incident had... more

Sheriff Gould: Teen charged with making terroristic threat at Cato-Meridian school this week

Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould says an arrest has been made in the investigation into a threat at Cato-Meridian Middle School this week. The threat was made on social media, according to the Sheriff — and as result, a 16-year-old male was taken into custody on a warrant issued out of Ira Town Court. The teen was not identified, but... more

Cayuga County to state’s U.S. reps: Change FEMA’s mind about disaster declaration denial

Cayuga County thinks the Federal Emergency Management Agency was wrong to dismiss a disaster declaration for the southern end of the county, and is calling on state representatives to fix it. Heavy rains pummeled the Moravia area with two storms between July 1 through 14, causing nearly $4 million in damage. Despite meeting its threshold for federal aid, in December... more

Cato-Meridian school district’s $5 million capital project passes

Taxpayers overwhelmingly approved the Cato-Meridian Central School District’s capital project Tuesday night. Superintendent Noel Patterson said the project, with a budget set at $5,470,000, passed by a vote of 95 to 16. He said the district appreciates that community members “recognize the importance of providing for the needs of our students both now and for decades to come.” Work will... more

Syracuse woman faces felony DWI charge in Cayuga County

On Saturday Troopers arrested a Syracuse woman on felony DWI charges following a traffic stop on Short Cut Road in the Town of Meridian. Cali A. Farrance, 39, of Syracuse was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08 percent, refusal to submit to a breath test, aggravated unlicensed operation... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Batman talks budget process, infrastructure spending, and local disasters (podcast)

On Thursday’s edition of Inside the FLX the individual tasked with leading Cayuga County’s largest governing body – is in-studio talking about elections, the budget process, infrastructure, environmental issues, as well as the prospect of being excluded in a ‘disaster declaration’ by the White House. Keith Batman, Chairman of the Cayuga County Legislature, who recently won re-election to continue serving... more

ELECTION NIGHT LIVE 2017 (webcast replay)

Josh Durso, Jackie Augustine & Jim Sinicropi were live inside the all-new FingerLakes1.com Studio on Election Night for results, reaction, interviews and analysis from Tuesday’s vote in Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates Counties. Hear from Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, successful Seneca Falls Town Council candidate Doug Avery, Geneva City Supervisor candidates Lou Guard &  Dom... 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

ELECTION GUIDE 2017: Looking at all of the candidates, issues in Cayuga County

With five contested legislature races, two available seats on Auburn City Council, and a number of other Town Council races taking place in Cayuga County — voters will have a lot to decide on in less a little over a week. Candidates are in their final preparations, talking with voters, and getting to know their possible-constituents. What issues are the... more

Cato-Meridian school district hashes out budget, scope of potential capital project

The specifics of the Cato-Meridian School District’s possible capital project are becoming clearer. The larger details of the project were discussed at a school board meeting Sept. 26. District Superintendent Noel Patterson said the project is currently set for a $5,470,000 budget. The project was also discussed at a board meeting earlier that month. A board decision on whether to... more

Cato-Meridian school district to buy new math textbooks, educational software

Cato-Meridian High School will be getting new math textbooks for the first time in years. The Cato-Meridian Central School District Board of Education adopted books for algebra 1, geometry and algebra 2 at a school board meeting Sept. 26, district Superintendent Noel Patterson said. The high school’s principal, Danielle Mahoney, has decided to buy all of the texts at once... more

Harmful algal blooms continue to be found in Cayuga County-area lakes

Harmful algal blooms continue to be found in area lakes, but there is no indication that public drinking water has been negatively impacted. The Cayuga County Health Department on Friday said that, out of an abundance of caution, the Auburn and Owasco water treatment facilities had activated their carbon treatment systems to mitigate the chances of toxins getting into the... 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
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