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NY pilot program would fund child care at community colleges

NY pilot program would fund child care at community colleges
A proposal from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would provide on-campus child care for single parents attending community college. The Democrat said Thursday that he’ll ask lawmakers to approve a pilot program for up to 400 students at community college campuses around the state. Single parents participating in the program would also have access to tutoring and help applying to... more

Parents, faculty fill Wayne CSD meeting to support board members facing removal

Parents, faculty fill Wayne CSD meeting to support board members facing removal
Parents remain frustrated after leaving a special school meeting that resulted in no answers. The Wayne Central School District had a meeting Wednesday involving Steve Gallagher and Dennis Landry, the two board members accused of official misconduct. In less than 10 minutes, the board approved a resolution allowing information about the charges against the men only be released at their... more

Penn Yan School Board sees early budget figures

Penn Yan School Board sees early budget figures
The Penn Yan Board of Education got a first look at the 2019–2020 budget picture Feb. 13, with a presentation that Assistant Superintendent for Business Cathleen Milliman explained is simply a carry-over of this year’s budget, with no adjustments to individual line items. Mandated increases in such areas as salaries, benefits, and retirement expenses are included in this early plan.... more

Marcus Whitman starts superintendent search

Marcus Whitman starts superintendent search
The Marcus Whitman Central School Board of Education has begun the process of searching for a new superintendent to replace Jeramy Clingerman, who leaves the post June 30, after 6 years of service, to become superintendent in Seneca Falls. Marcus Whitman has contracted with the University of Rochester to assist with the search, with former Midlakes Superintendent Mike Ford, and... more

Village of Union Springs votes to override tax cap, may hire school crossing guard

Village of Union Springs votes to override tax cap, may hire school crossing guard
The village of Union Springs voted to override the state imposed tax cap for the 2019-2020 fiscal year during a regular meeting Tuesday night. “Two out of the three years prior to this year we voted to override (the tax cap),” Mayor Bud Shattuck said. “When it comes down to our actual budget, we have not had to. But you... more

Cornell gets $1.4M for transportation research

Cornell gets $1.4M for transportation research
U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand on Thursday announced $1.4 million in U.S. Department of Transportation funding for Cornell University to continue leading the Transportation, Environment, and Community Health Center. “This grant will enable Cornell University and its new transportation center to continue producing game-changing research on the technology that could preserve our environment and protect our communities from... more

More info coming on Wayne school board members facing removal

More info coming on Wayne school board members facing removal
The Wayne Central School District has offered signs it would give the public more information about two members of the school system’s board in danger of removal from the board over misconduct accusations. On Wednesday, February 20, school officials planned to hold a special meeting to consider revealing information previously discussed behind closed doors about the charges against board members... more

SUNY says loss of population in New York is impacting enrollment

SUNY says loss of population in New York is impacting enrollment
Enrollment continues to decline across New York’s publicly funded university system, according to new data released last month. The 1.6 percent dip in total enrollment from fall 2017 to fall 2018 marks the eighth straight year the State University of New York has experienced such a decline. Community colleges — which account for 30 of SUNY’s 64 campuses across the... more

Cayuga Community College buying former Neighborhood House child care site

Cayuga Community College buying former Neighborhood House child care site
Cayuga Community College is buying a shuttered former Auburn day care staple under a plan to expand the college’s child care program. CCC’s board of trustees approved the $250,000 purchase agreement of the former Neighborhood House building on 81 Wall St. at a board meeting Thursday. The day care had been active for over 100 years before shutting down in... more

Rep. Reed lends support to bill funding more school resource officers

Rep. Reed lends support to bill funding more school resource officers
Rep. Tom Reed is among 11 members of Congress who are proposing a bill to fund hiring additional school resource officers. The School Resource Officer Act was introduced last year, but was not brought to the floor for debate or vote. If passed, law enforcement agencies would hire more school resource officers (SROs) through cost-share grants to pay for their... more

Wayne Central School Board members accused of ‘official misconduct’

A pair of Wayne Central School District Board of Education members are possibly going to be ousted over ‘official misconduct’ allegations. Details are still pretty murky at this point, though. At last Thursday’s school board meeting, a last minute change was made to the agenda, according to the district. They introduced resolutions, which would remove Steve Gallaher and Dennis Landry.... more

New HWS president makes some history

New HWS president makes some history
Joyce Jacobsen has been on a lot of college campuses over the course of more than three decades in higher education, but doesn’t think she’s ever seen a backdrop like the one Hobart and William Smith Colleges offers. “It’s a lovely setting on the lake,” said Jacobsen in an exclusive interview with the Finger Lakes Times. “It’s just beautiful.” She’ll... more

Dr. Joyce P. Jacobsen named president of HWS

Dr. Joyce P. Jacobsen named president of HWS
Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees has unanimously and enthusiastically elected Joyce P. Jacobsen as the 29th President of Hobart College and the 18th of William Smith College. Currently serving as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wesleyan University, Jacobsen is a renowned scholar of economics, an award-winning teacher and an experienced administrator. With degrees... more

Newark Athletic Department looking for volunteers to serve on Advisory Committee

Newark Athletic Department looking for volunteers to serve on Advisory Committee
The Newark Central School District Athletic Department is looking for volunteers to serve on an Advisory Committee. “Our school district has 26 different sports programs consisting of 56 different teams,’’ explained Chris Corey, Director of Health, Physical Education & Athletics. “Each year about 550 students participate in these programs during the three seasons we play. We are always looking at... more

Cayuga County-area high school graduation rates a mixed bag

Cayuga County-area high school graduation rates a mixed bag
The most recent graduation rates from Cayuga County-area high schools are mixed, according to data recently released by the state education department. Of nine Cayuga County-area school districts, four had their numbers decline from June 2017 to June 2018, while four rose. One high school — Cato-Meridian — was flat from year to year, at 93 percent. Auburn High School... more

HWS will announce new president on Friday

HWS will announce new president on Friday
The next president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges will be announced Friday afternoon, the Colleges said Monday. HWS said the presidential announcement ceremony, which will include an appearance by the new president, will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts on Pulteney Street. Additional information about the prospective president was not announced by... more

Want to work at Amazon? Retail giant plans SUNY certificate program

Want to work at Amazon? Retail giant plans SUNY certificate program
Amazon is seeking to expand its presence in New York as the company continues to face blowback over its decision to open its new headquarters in Queens. The online retailer on Wednesday announced it will be teaming up with LaGuardia Community College in Queens, as well as the City University of New York and the State University of New York,... more

Graduation rates rising across the state, per reporting

Graduation rates rising across the state, per reporting
Graduation rates rose for students who started high school in 2014 by 0.2 percent over the previous year to 80.4 percent, a report from the State Education Department released Wednesday found. “When we provide students with high-quality learning opportunities, we give them a real chance at success in life,” said Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa. The annual report showed the high... more
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