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Wayne schools get $2.5 million to expand mental health services

Wayne schools get $2.5 million to expand mental health services
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $2.5 million to expand mental health services in five Wayne County school districts under a five-year demonstration project. Congressman John Katko, R-24 of Camilus, and Sodus Central School District Superintendent Nelson Kise announced the funding Wednesday. Besides Sodus, the demonstration project also includes the Lyons, Newark, North-Rose Wolcott and Clyde-Savannah school districts, and... more

State Comptroller: Upstate Medical University paid for two presidents at the same time

State Comptroller: Upstate Medical University paid for two presidents at the same time
Central New York’s largest employer, Upstate Medical University, is being called out by the New York State Comptroller for paying high-level employees millions of dollars for work that can’t be accounted for, wasn’t useful or wasn’t good. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office conducted an audit of Upstate Medical University, which is part of the SUNY system, and reviewed work assignments and... more

Anne Kress to leave MCC, lead Northern Virginia Community College

Anne Kress to leave MCC, lead Northern Virginia Community College
Anne Kress will be leaving her position as president of Monroe Community College. The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon by officials at Northern Virginia Community College. Kress was selected as the next president of Northern Virginia Community College after being named one of three finalists last month. Kress’ new position is scheduled to begin on January 1, 2020. In 2009, Kress... more

Lawmakers push to increase public access to immunization data

Lawmakers push to increase public access to immunization data
State lawmakers want to increase the ability of the public to gain access to immunization data, requiring all schools in the state to report specific information on their students’ immunization rate against disease that require vaccinations. The bill, backed by Democrats Brad Hoylman in the state Senate and Jeffrey Dinowitz in the Assembly, would also require the state Department of... more

Study: Meditation and yoga crucial to relieving chronic pain

Study: Meditation and yoga crucial to relieving chronic pain
Meditation and mindfulness are mainstream techniques used by many to cope with stress, anxiety and depression. Now, as we’re learning more about pain and its close ties to our emotions, more people are focusing in on the mind-body connection as a way to cope with it all. In this third installation of our exploration of pain, we visit a wellness... more

House bill would require all school districts to offer full-time cyber education programs

Bill would require all school districts to offer full-time cyber education programs
A Pennsylvania lawmaker has unveiled legislation that would require all school districts to offer full-time cyber education programs. State Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie) said his proposal, House Bill 1897, would require districts to offer three different full-time cyber education programs by the 2021-22 school year. Districts would be given flexibility in creating their own cyber education programs or work with third-party... more

Auditors: Waterloo CSD ‘did not adopt realistic budgets’, leaving millions in reserve funds unnecessarily

State Auditors: Waterloo CSD holding millions unnecessarily in reserves as annual budgets miss mark
The Waterloo Central School District has some work to do. A report released by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office outlined upwards of six reserve funds, which had as much as $20.4 million in them. The reserves represent more than 50 percent of the district’s 2018-19 general fund appropriations, according to auditors. DiNapoli’s office audited a period ranging from... more

Cornell University among colleges that got $60M-plus from OxyContin family

Cornell University among colleges that got $60M-plus from OxyContin family
Prestigious universities around the world have accepted at least $60 million over the past five years from the family that owns the maker of OxyContin, even as the company became embroiled in lawsuits related to the opioid epidemic, financial records show. Some of the donations arrived before recent lawsuits blaming Purdue Pharma for its role in the opioid crisis. But... more

Partnership allows Port Byron students to get care at community health center

Partnership allows Port Byron students to get care at community health center
The Port Byron Central School District is partnering with a community health center to treat students with acute health issues during the school day. Maggie Sayre, a licensed mental health counselor for the district’s high school and the person who spearhead the partnership, said the goals is to get students immediate medical assistance for issues beyond the capacity of a... more

MCC gets over $4 million for programs in precision optics

MCC gets over $4 million for programs in precision optics
A federal grant will bring $4.4 million in funding to Monroe Community College. Congressman Joe Morelle made the announcement on Wednesday, saying the funding will help fill the jobs of tomorrow. The money, from the Office of Naval Research, will fund training programs and workforce developments in precision optics. Continue reading from WHEC-TV more

Meeting details massive $15.5M project at Midlakes

Meeting details massive $15.5M project at Midlakes
Residents in the Phelps-Clifton Springs School District could be going to the polls in December to vote on a $15.5 million capital project. Public hearings will be held at 6 p.m. Monday and Oct. 21 in the school board conference room at Midlakes Elementary, followed by regularly scheduled board meetings at 6:30 p.m. The board is expected to approve the... more

Some believe schools need more time to confirm vaccinations after new law takes hold in NYS

Some believe schools need more time to confirm vaccinations after new law takes hold in NYS
Assemblywoman Pat Fahy says she is concerned school districts did not have enough time to ensure their students have received the required vaccinations after the state ended religious exemptions. “There’s been a lot of scrambling. In hindsight, I think we should have given a 30-day window instead of what was a 14-day grace period,” Fahy said. In Buffalo, more than... more

Good news for Skaneateles school district after favorable 2018-19 audit

Skaneateles school district gets positive marks for 2018-19 audit
The Skaneateles Central School District received praise for its 2018-219 audit Tom Zuber, partner with certified public accounting firm Mengel Metzger Barr & Co., spoke about the audit to the district board of education Tuesday. Zuber said he had a positive conversation with Skaneateles’ audit committee in September. “I’m pleased to report that the district continues to be in good... more

Cayuga, Onondaga community college nursing programs partner with SUNY Upstate

Cayuga, Onondaga community college nursing programs partner with SUNY Upstate
Beginning in the fall of 2020, nursing students who attend either Cayuga or Onondaga community college can earn their bachelor’s degrees at SUNY Upstate Medical University without submitting a new application. The arrangement for a dual admission system among the three schools was formally announced Monday when the presidents of each institution took part in an agreement signing ceremony. The... more

Parents rally against vaccination law in Steuben County

Parents rally against vaccination law in Steuben County
After a court case Monday morning, a large group of people held a rally in Pulteney Park to speak out against New York State’s recent ban on religious exemptions for vaccinations. Hundreds turned out for what organizers are calling a religious freedom rally. With the participants having just one goal, to get their children back to school. Before the rally, a court hearing was... more

$121 million in green bonds to support projects at Cornell University

$121 million in green bonds to support projects at Cornell University
Cornell is going green. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently made an announcement that more than $121 million in green bonds is going to support projects at the university. All proceeds will be put towards finance construction of new residence halls, dining halls, recreational facilities and programming spaces on campus. The downside is that new construction must go up without... more

Skaneateles schools kick out 6 unvaccinated students

Skaneateles schools kick out 6 unvaccinated students
The Skaneateles Central School District has kicked out six students for not getting required vaccinations. The students’ religious vaccination exemptions were recently repealed by the state. A new state law required schools to exclude any unvaccinated students who did not get shots within the first 14 days of school. The six students were excluded when the 14-day grace period expired... more
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