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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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Tech Valley High School makes its case

Guilderland school board hears presentation, more collaboration promised

Tech Valley High School Principal Dan Liebert on Tuesday, March 18, gave a presentation to the Guilderland Board of Education after some members had requested more information on the regional school. Some Guilderland board members had previously voiced concern over continuing to tap funds to send students.

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The stage is set

School plays offer entertainment, showcase talent

This weekend, prepare to take a journey with a mischievous cat, cheer for a take on America’s favorite pastime, witness a man’s morally questionable rise in business, and groove to a royal exploration of popular music.

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South Colonie mourns teacher

Students pay tribute to Donald Walton by wearing gray and green

A social studies teacher who died earlier this month left an impression on his students that went beyond the classroom lessons.

Guilderland proposes purchasing school buses

District would bond nearly $1M for vehicles, face voter approval

The Guilderland Board of Education on Tuesday, March 4, heard a proposal from district administrators to purchase eight school buses and a maintenance truck for almost $1 million, with state aid covering about 50 percent of the cost.

North Colonie budget plans come in under cap

District to dip slightly into reserves but plans to maintain programs, staffing

North Colonie is set to stay within the tax cap for the 2014-15 school year without making any cuts to staff or programs with a budget projected at $101 million, an increase of $3.2 million from the previous year.

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Guilderland schools eye $91.5M budget within tax cap

Superintendent proposes $1.8M of cuts, with middle school bolstered for boom

Superintendent Marie Wiles presented her proposed spending plan for next school year Thursday, Feb. 27, which totals nearly $91.5 million and stays within the district's maximum allowable tax levy increase of 2.17 percent.

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District ready to talk numbers

BC officials hope restoration of state aid would prevent program cuts

Bethlehem Central School District is facing a preliminary budget gap of $4.8 million for the 2014-15 school year, but officials are hoping some of that money will be restored in the state budget.

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A core concern

Forum focuses on Common Core problems facing special education

Senators Cecilia Tkaczyk and Neil Breslin and Assembly members John McDonald and Phil Steck listened to comments from several speakers Tuesday, Feb. 11, discussing how implementation of the Common Core curriculum has exacerbated challenges for students with special needs.

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Opinionated art

Colonie Central students learn how to craft political cartoons

When high school students are tasked with creating political cartoons, the topics they choose to combine range from budget cuts at their school to social issues.

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Doing the write thing

Siena program pairs students and local refugees looking to improve their written language skills

A local writing partnership has Siena students teaching creative writing to refugees as a tool to help them improve their reading and writing skills.

Anxiety in kids a growing concern

Educators say social, academic stresses affecting more young people

With growing pressures at school relating to an increased workload and social media, more children and young adults are suffering from anxiety than ever before.