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Leaders call for more early intervention funds after agency says it may cease in Wayne County

Leaders call for more early intervention funds after agency says it may cease in Wayne County
With a Wayne County agency pondering ending its Early Intervention Program for children ages birth to 3, the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution at its meeting Tuesday asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to significantly boost reimbursement rates for service providers. The Arc Wayne, a major early intervention provider for the county, has informed officials that it... more

Some officials worried about unintended consequences of expanded plastics ban in Canandaigua

Canandaigua school, governments weigh in on plastics proposal
Should Canandaigua City Council enact a ban on single-use plastic items, the Canandaigua school district will have to hire more people. Superintendent Jamie Farr — who along with Ontario County and town of Canandaigua officials on Tuesday addressed Council’s ordinance committee about the impact of this legislation — said at least four cafeteria workers would need to be hired for... more

Jordan-Elbridge school district’s budget ready for voters

Jordan-Elbridge school district’s budget ready for voters
The Jordan-Elbrdge Central School District's 2019-20 proposed budget is ready to be voted on next month. The district's total proposed budget is set to be $31,825,000, according to a news release on the district's website. That would account for a 2.57 percent, or $797,728, jump in spending from the current year. The Citizen: Read More more

Penn Yan school budget adds options

Penn Yan school budget adds options
The Penn Yan School Board will be seeking voter approval to spend $36.2 million to provide education to Penn Yan students in the 2019-2020 school year. The proposed budget adds STEM opportunities for elementary and academy students, a reading specialist, and a support staff in the middle school. To accomplish that, the school district needs to collect nearly $19 million... more

Port Byron CSD scrambles to solve SRO problem after mayor’s controversial remarks

Port Byron CSD scrambles to solve SRO problem after mayor’s controversial remarks
The Port Byron Central School District is scrambling to figure out how to keep a school resource officer (SRO) in the district next school year. The village board voted Monday not to renew the current officer’s contract. Officer Frank Ryan has been protecting the halls of the Port Byron Central School District for years as the school’s SRO. “Liability. The... more

Visitor screening system coming to Auburn High School

Visitor screening system coming to Auburn High School
Auburn High School will have a new security system before the end of the month, with the same technology coming later to the other Auburn school district buildings. The Raptor Visitor Management System will be operational at the high school by April 22, according to a news release. The system will screen school visitors against custody, sex offender and other... more

Cuomo backs free tuition for kids of fallen service members following criticism

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he supports making attending a state college or university free for the children of service members who died while performing their official duties. The Democrat’s comments Wednesday come after Republicans blamed state lawmakers from Cuomo’s party for blocking the proposal. The proposal would also cover room and board without the need for additional scholarships.... more

CHANGES IN SCHOOL: Newark CSD names new Director of Pupil Services

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Newark Central School District’s Department of Pupil Services is undergoing changes. In February, Monica Stadler, who had served as Assistant Director of Pupil Services for a year and a half, became the new Director of Pupil Services when Jen Singer left the job to become the School Program Director at the School of Holy Childhood in Rochester. Meanwhile Sara McLean,... more

Auburn school board picks budget option that won’t include layoffs

Auburn school board picks budget option that won’t include layoffs
The Auburn Enlarged City School District Board of Education has approved a tax levy increase and a budget option for 2019-20 that doesn’t include layoffs. The board selected one of three budget options presented by the district at a meeting Tuesday night. State aid is a boost of $745,135 from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s January budget proposal figures. Lisa Green, Auburn’s... more

Former West Genesee Superintendent hired at Marcus Whitman Central School District

Former West Genesee Superintendent hired at Marcus Whitman Central School District
Former West Genesee Superintendent Dr. Chris Brown has been hired to the same position at another district in Upstate New York. According to the Marcus Whitman Central School District website, Brown will begin as that district’s superintendent July 1st. “We are very excited to welcome Dr. Chris Brown to the Marcus Whitman School District,” says Board of Education President Sheila... more

Auburn school district looking into diversity, bias training, social justice studies for students

Auburn school district looking into diversity, bias training, social justice studies for students
The Auburn Enlarged City School District is looking into diversity and implicit bias training for staff and social justice lessons for students. On Tuesday, Laurel Ullyette, chairperson of the Harriet Tubman Center for Justice and Piece, addressed the Auburn Enlarged City School District Board of Education during the public comments section of a board meeting with center members by her... more

Debate continues around later start times for middle, high schools

Some CNY schools looking at later start times for schools
The Fayetteville-Manlius School District have been in talks recently to discuss the option of adjusting their school times to a later start time, including hiring an outside consultant to learn more on the effects of a later start time. Schools in 46 states have already made the change or will change in the next school year, including the Ithaca City... more

Port Byron Mayor tells public to “Just keep your mouth shut”

Port Byron village board votes not to renew school’s SRO contract
The village of Port Byron spontaneously voted against renewing the school resource officer contract with the Port Byron Central School District Monday night — something the district and parents have been seeking renewal of for weeks. Unless something changes, June 30 will be SRO Frank Ryan’s last day. On March 25, parents and district representatives asked the village to renew... more

Parent told that Auburn Junior High School lessons on bias have ended

Parent told that Auburn Junior High School lessons on bias have ended
A parent of one of the Auburn Junior High School students who took a test on bias last month said she was told by school officials this week that the teacher's controversial classroom lessons have ended. Last week, Sara DeAngelis wrote in a Facebook post — which generated hundreds of comments, shares and reactions but has since been deleted —... more

Attorney: Two Sodus girls sexually assaulted on school bus

Attorney: Two Sodus girls sexually assaulted on school bus
A Notice of Claim was filed by two families against a local school after multiple alleged incidents of sexual assault. Families of the two children in the Sodus Central School District say the children were sexually assaulted on a school bus by a fellow male student. They allege there were multiple incidents last year, which were mishandled by the district.... more

New York’s ELA assessments to resume Thursday for certain grades

New York’s ELA assessments to resume Thursday for certain grades
After computer-based standardized state assessments were paused statewide Wednesday due to technical issues, English Language Arts tests will pick back up Thursday for certain grades, the state Education Department said in a news release Thursday. English tests for fifth grade and eighth grade will be given Thursday. Computer-based assessments are being staggered out to particular grades “to provide a more... more

Penn Yan, Dundee Schools fine tune budgets

Penn Yan, Dundee Schools fine tune budgets
Local school districts are preparing to seek voter approval for budgets for the coming school year. Both Penn Yan and Dundee School districts are expecting to ask voters to approve plans that call for an increased tax levy. In Penn Yan, the latest budget figures shared with the Board of Education call for an increase of 3.32 percent. But Assistant... more

NY comptroller cites Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES on professional services contracts

NY comptroller cites Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES on professional services contracts
An audit by the Office of the New York State Comptroller questioned Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ practices in obtaining professional services. The report of the audit was released in March. The goal of the audit, which was from July 1, 2017 to Dec. 12, 2018, was to “Determine whether professional services were procured in a manner to ensure the prudent and economical... more
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