THE DEBRIEF: Geneva names new police chief, city manager; and latest in Seneca Falls, Auburn politics (podcast)

The City of Geneva named their next City Manager and Chief of Police, but a lot of questions remain after a clouded search process that led some to believe that things weren’t as they seemed. The historic Huntington Building in Seneca Falls has also been at the center of controversy for several weeks, as its future remains unclear. These are... more

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

Auburn administrator to become new director of learning in Skaneateles

The Skaneateles Central School District is bringing in a new director of learning in its latest administrative change. Jennifer Whipple was appointed at a special board of education meeting Aug. 1. The role involves the director’s special education program and other related jobs. Whipple will start at the beginning of the school year. The district did not disclose her salary.... more

FLCC graduates first class of a new health care program

A new program, in the works between Finger Lakes Community College and various partners for several years, came to fruition last week with the first graduates crossing the stage to receive licensed practical nurse certificates from President Robert Nye. The class of 21, all certified nurse assistants striving to advance in the heath care field, worked very hard through the... more

HWS president search: ‘We’re going to take our time’

If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard much about the search for Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ next president, it’s because there has not been much to report. “We’re just getting started,” said Andrew “Andy” McMaster, co-chair of the recently formed presidential search committee. McMaster, a 1974 Hobart grad, is chairing the committee with Cynthia “Cindy” Gelsthorpe Fish, a 1982... more

Gavras Center in Auburn upgrades classroom technology with hands-on smart boards

One by one, children of all abilities took turns excitedly approaching the classroom’s smart board to touch certain shapes, colors or find matches among objects as prompted by their teachers at the E. John Gavras Center Thursday morning. And, thanks to a $15,000 donation by KeyBank, all Gavras Center preschool and pre-kindergarten classrooms will be equipped with smart boards this... more

Moravia board of education sets goals for new school year

The Moravia Central School District's Board of Education has established its goals for the 2018-2019 school year, including the possibility of an extended homeroom at the high school. At a meeting Wednesday evening, Superintendent John Birmingham said the district was considering implementing an "advisement block" at the high school. This would provide students some additional time to interact with teachers.... more

Cayuga Centers: Financial situation with Auburn schools is ‘complicated’

A day after the Auburn Enlarged City School District Board of Education voted to request $210,000 from Cayuga Centers, the agency’s president and CEO said the situation is more complicated than it appears. Edward Hayes said Cayuga Centers can’t respond publicly to the district until it receives an official request. “We have not gotten any communication from the Auburn school... more

Victor CSD has a new, more easily navigable website

Just in time for the new school year, the Victor Central School District has a new website that is easier to use to find information. “It’s pretty easy to navigate,” Dave Henderson, director of Computer Services, told members of the Board of Education during a July meeting during which he and Sherri Lasky, of the Office of School and Community... more

Auburn school board to ask Cayuga Centers to make up $210,000 deficit

The Auburn Enlarged City School District Board of Education plans to request $210,000 from Cayuga Centers to help the district recover from a deficit due to the center’s residential treatment program closing this spring. Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo explained, during an Auburn school board meeting on Tuesday, that the district “took a financial hit” with the unexpected and uncommunicated closing. “We... more

Longtime Auburn nursery school closes, adding to Cayuga County child care shortage

After 66 years of service, Westminster Nursery School is shutting its doors in Auburn, adding to what experts say is a statewide shortage of child care options. In a Facebook post earlier this month, Westminster Nursery School announced that the preschool program would be closing. It cited “financial reasons,” noting that the school’s enrollment had dropped dramatically in the past... more

Huge new dorm complex planned for Cornell campus

A mammoth North Campus dormitory complex planned at Cornell University eventually will enable the college to require all freshman and sophomores to live on campus. The City of Ithaca Planning and Development Board on Tuesday night declared its intent to serve as the lead agency in the environmental review of the dormitory project. Housing for an additional 2,000 first- and... more

New principal hired for Waterloo High School

Waterloo High School has a new principal. The Board of Education met in special session Monday morning and voted to appoint Mary Thomas-Madonna, effective immediately. The vote was 5-0. Thomas-Madonna was named to a four-year probationary appointment at a starting salary of $105,000. School Superintendent Terri Bavis said Thomas-Madonna has 27 years in education, 16 as a teacher and 11... more

Skaneateles school district formulating safety plans

The Skaneateles Central School District's safety committee is eyeing various ways to improve safety for students and staff. The district created the Safe Schools Community Advisory Committee in April in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida in February and the incident in which the Skaneateles middle and high schools went into "shelter in... more

New Skaneateles superintendent contract details released

The next Skaneateles Central School District superintendent’s base pay is set to be less than the current leader’s salary. Lynda Quick will receive a $185,000 base salary for the 2018-2019 school year, according to her employment agreement with the district. Quick, the district superintendent and chief operating officer of the Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming BOCES in Cattaraugus County, is set for a three-year... more

Funds for stadium turf fixes go before Victor school voters

The campus at Victor Central Schools will be torn up for most of the summer as work continues on a $25 million capital project approved by voters two years ago. George Spinaris of Pittsford-based Campus Construction Management told the Victor Board of Education recently, that work, begun in the spring, is about 5 percent complete. He updated the board on... more

New Waterloo High principal may be appointed Monday

Waterloo High School has had four principals in the past year. No. 5 could be appointed at a special Board of Education meeting slated for 7:15 a.m. Monday in the district’s Washington Street offices. The board met in special session early Thursday morning and went into executive session to discuss matters leading to the appointment of a particular person to... more

New Auburn teachers union president eyes goals, challenges for the future

A longtime Auburn High School technology teacher recently received a new title: teachers union president. Justin Herrling, who has been with the district for 15 years, was elected head of the Auburn Teachers Association in June. He served as treasurer for three years. Herrling, whose wife, Anne Herrling, is a William H. Seward Elementary School teacher and has two children... more
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