TC3 closed Tuesday for emergency water line repairs

Tompkins Cortland Community College’s main campus and athletics facility will be closed Tuesday for emergency water line repairs. The college closed suddenly Monday afternoon after construction work hit a water line. Repairs required water service to be shut down to the main campus and athletics facility. Work could not be completed Monday evening, so college officials made the decision to... more

Cornell researcher points to myriad causes of harmful algal blooms

Cornell University ecosystem scientist Dr. Robert Howarth thinks he may have an answer for why harmful algal blooms on the region's lakes last year were so bad, according to a presentation he gave to the Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency Thursday. For background, Howarth explained that, until the past decade or so, the academic consensus around harmful algal blooms... more

Cayuga professor wins award for novel about historic Adirondack family

A Cayuga Community College faculty member has received a prestigious award from the Adirondack Center for Writing for a historical novel about a prominent upstate New York family. Associate Professor Sheila Myers received the 2017 Best Book of Fiction Literary Award from the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) for her novel “The Night is Done: A Durant Family Saga,” which... more

For jobs after graduation, HWS is tops

When it comes to getting a job after college graduation, you can’t do much better than Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In fact, in New York, they’re tops. HWS has been named the number one institution in New York and fifth in a national ranking, according to a study by the career search and employment services company Zippia. Zippia considered... more

Cornell and Finger Lakes Land Trust form partnership to combat threats to hemlock trees

Cornell University and the Finger Lakes Land Trust have partnered together to combat a pest that that threatens to kill eastern hemlocks found in many of the forests and gorges in the region. The land trust and university will combat the hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive insect from Japan, as part of the New York State Hemlock Initiative. The initiative... more

In close vote, Shores re-elected Waterloo school board president

Mike Shores was re-elected president of the Waterloo Central School District Board of Education Monday night. Nicohl Swartley retained her vice presidency. Both were chosen to new terms by 5-4 votes — a sign, perhaps, that the school board remains divided. At the board’s annual reorganizational meeting, Shores was re-elected over fellow board member Coreen Lowry. Colby O’Brien nominated Shores... more

Southern Cayuga school board picks new president, vice president

New leaders will head the Southern Cayuga Central School District Board of Education for the next school year. The board elected Susan Gloss president and Michael Huber as vice president at a board meeting at Southern Cayuga Jr.-Sr. High School Thursday. Gloss was nominated by board member Ann LaFave and seconded by Christine Brozon. The appointment was approved unanimously by... more

AD resigns, interim HS principal identified as Waterloo schools enter summer

School officials in Waterloo say that Athletic Director Jeff Panek resigned his position. Brad Dates, who has been serving as interim athletic director will continue to serve in the interim role through the month of July, according to those officials with knowledge of the situation. The subject came up at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, in which the high... more

Grimm re-elected Canandaigua school board president

Two new members are sitting on the Canandaigua City School District Board of Education. At is annual re-organizational meeting Monday, the board welcomed Megan Personale, who was elected in May to fill a seat vacated by Thomas Reho, who did not seek re-election; and Joe Delforte, who was appointed just before being sworn in. Delforte replaces Ralph Undercoffler, who announced... more

New law mandating mental health education to take effect

A new state law is taking effect in New York state that will require schools to teach mental health to students in elementary, middle and high school. The measure was passed and signed into law in 2016. It requires schools to include teaching about mental health in traditional physical education and health classes. It takes effect on Sunday. The mandate... more

Waterloo High principal now assistant principal

Waterloo High School Principal Thomas Mitchell is stepping down for a new job — Waterloo High School assistant principal. The Board of Education, meeting in special session Wednesday morning, voted to make the change at Mitchell’s request. Mitchell, a Phelps resident, was given a four-year probationary appointment as assistant principal, with a reduction in salary. He was appointed principal in... more

Construction changes school traffic pattern in Penn Yan

The Penn Yan Central School District is beginning the work approved by the voters. This will impact traffic patterns in and around the District Office, Transportation Office, and PYE. The road connecting Liberty Street to the District Office area will be temporarily closed from June 25 through the end of August and traffic should enter from Maple Street/Route 364. Traffic... more

Area educators discuss new ideas to be better teachers

Teachers today need to unlearn things to better serve students in a rapidly changing world, according to Chris Lehmann, founding principal and CEO of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, who spoke to 240 Finger Lakes educators in Newark Thursday. “What can we unlearn that will allow us to create better schools?” he asked. As an example, he cited being... more

Auburn school district to install new security cameras

The Auburn Enlarged City School District will be adding several interior security cameras to be placed throughout the district. At a meeting Tuesday, the district's board of education approved an agreement with Day Automation Systems, which would install the equipment. District Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo said before the meeting that school districts can annually receive state aid for security measures such... more

Cayuga Community College budget approved by Legislature after previous defeat

Despite being previously defeated in a committee, Cayuga Community College's budget request with a funding increase of $44,789 from the Cayuga County Legislature was approved Tuesday night after being reintroduced on the floor. The resolution, which requested the county raise its budget contribution to $3,030,736 as part of the college's $29.72 million total budget, passed after Legislator Ryan Foley, D-Auburn... more

Longtime Auburn school board vice president wants president position

The longtime Auburn Enlarged City School District vice president is interested in taking the main post. During a discussion at a board meeting Tuesday night on who was interested in taking on leadership roles, Kathleen Rhodes said she was planning to run for president at the July 2 reorganization meeting. She then asked if anyone else was going to run... more

HWS ranks tops in NY, fifth in US for post-grad employment

Students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges have a better shot at being successfully employed post-graduation than those at any other college in the state. According to a recent study by Zippia, a California-based career search and employment services company, the colleges in Geneva are the top institution in New York and fifth in the nation when it comes to... more

Waterloo teachers get 3.5 percent pay raise in new contract

The school district’s 192 teachers will receive a 3.5 percent salary increase on July 1. The Board of Education unanimously approved a new, four-year contract at its June 18 meeting. It was ratified by the Waterloo Education Association, the union representing the teachers, on May 17 by a vote of 147 to 24. The contract calls for salary increases of... more
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