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YIR 2008: Upheaval in schools as area struggles with growth

Editor's Note: The following is a recap of news in the towns of New Scotland and Guilderland from the last six months of 2008. A recap of the first half of 2008 appeared in last week, Dec. 26.

July

The Guilderland Board of Education met on July 1 and saw hundreds of supporters rally for high school teachers Ann Marie McManus and Matt Nelligan.

After the district conducted what has been called a culture climate inquiry, they decided to move the teachers to Farnsworth Middle School for allegedly creating a negative environment in the high school. McManus still teaches at the middle school, and Nelligan has taken a position in the state Senate.

The First National Bank in Scotia was held up at 3:32 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, according to reports from the Guilderland Police Department.

According to the report, a woman entered the bank and demanded money. The teller complied, and witnesses said the suspect left the bank and took refuge behind a nearby Walgreen's store.

The Guilderland Police Department investigated another bank robbery in the area, the second in 10 days.

Pioneer Savings Bank, located at 1873 Western Ave., was held up at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 19.

On Wednesday, July 23, the public discussed a draft of a law that would turn the Town of New Scotland's share of the Vista Technology Park development into a mixed economic development district.

Development of the tech park could not begin until New Scotland changed the zoning regulations on the piece of land, which is currently zoned residential/agricultural.

The law eventually passed.

Guilderland High School Principal Michael Paolino was placed on paid administrative leave effective Monday, July 28.

Communications Specialist for the District Amy Zurlo said he will remain on leave indefinitely and said she was not able to comment on the "personnel matter" further.

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