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Colonie music programs hit a high note

Despite financial hardship, South Colonie’s music program remains competitive

Both Colonie school districts have been recognized nationally as some of the best communities in the country for music education programs.

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Project Playground nears its financial goal

Final fundraiser will showcase performances from local bands

As the Glenmont Elementary PTA closes in on ending its fundraising efforts for a new school playground, the group is capping off its campaign with a concert at a local restaurant.

Bethlehem Central closes in on final budget plans

Proposed cuts include ending Chinese language program

Recommendations were made to cut some staffing and phase out the Chinese language program at the final budget presentation for the Bethlehem Central School District.

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South Colonie budget gets small boost from state

Additional funds will help maintain staffing levels

After the revised state budget was approved, the South Colonie Central School District found itself getting more than it was expecting, but not as much as it needs.

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Voorheesville schools’ budget gap shrinks to $176k

Overall state aid increases to $5.15M for district, contested cuts restored

Voorheesville Central School District will see an additional $144,000 of state aid, which was included in the recently approved state budget. The additional funding decreases its budget gap to around $176,500.

Public space, private business

Guilderland Library's ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ tutoring policy; neighboring libraries see less impact

Private tutors over the past several years have increasingly relied on public libraries as a space to meet up with students, according to some local library directors. How that use has affected libraries appears to vary depending on the amount of space available and the demand for it.

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GCSD: More money, same problems

Additional state aid will be used to cover increasing BOCES costs, gap nearly unchanged

Additional state aid was included in the recently adopted state budget, but the Guilderland Central School District budget will remain essentially unchanged.

North Colonie school board approves budget

District to see more state money than expected

In a budget season that has had few surprises for this district, it is no surprise that the North Colonie Board of Education has voted to approve a final version of the $101.3 million budget spending plan.

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One in a billion

Siena joins others in shedding light on violence against women

On Valentine’s Day, activists around the world participated in an event called One Billion Rising for Justice, which was created to raise awareness about violence against women. Due to inclement weather, Siena had to reschedule theirs.

South Colonie budget forum sees major turnout

District residents say they fear losing programs and coaches

The cafeteria at Shaker Road Elementary was filled to capacity with district administrators, staff, parents, students and athletes Tuesday, March 25, in support of staff that may be cut due to budget constraints.

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Trashed turf

Overflow parking tears up FMS field; repairs estimated to cost $6k

Athletic fields at Farnsworth Middle School were torn up after more than 1,000 people turned out for a state civil service exam and parking overflowed onto the grass.

Jump in BOCES costs unexpected

Budget talks continue as board hears from athletic, maintenance departments

As budget discussions continue for Bethlehem schools, district officials were recently notified that program tuition charges from BOCES would be significantly increasing for the coming year.

Property assessments in the mail

Bethlehem sees biggest increases among commercial properties

Bethlehem residents began receiving preliminary property reassessments at the end of March as part of the town’s reassessment project, which began last year.

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Voorheesville school budget talk draws concerned crowd

Parents express concerns over proposed cuts, increasing classroom size

More than 100 people turned out to the Voorheesville school district’s budget forum on Monday, March 24, and several parents expressed an overarching fear the community was losing its distinguishing characteristics.

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Police: Guilderland teacher stole more than $100k from union

District places middle school math teacher on paid administrative leave

A math teacher at Farnsworth Middle School allegedly stole more than $100,000 from the Guilderland Teachers’ Association, according to police. Guilderland school district has placed the teacher on paid administrative leave.

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