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Guilderland schools facing $1.8M gap

Forum allows comments on potential reductions and additions

The Guilderland Central School District offered community members a chance to weigh in on more than $2.3 million worth of potential reductions to next school year’s budget before board members pare down the list.

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For the love of luge

Elsmere kindergartners get a virtual front-row view of one athlete’s Olympic dreams

Elsmere kindergartners get a virtual front-row view of one athlete’s Olympic dreams.

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Schoolhouse Bach

Caryn Lin shows Shaker students how to electrify the violin

Most people would not be able to find a way to get teens interested in classical music, but combining Bach with the technology used to produce modern music may help.

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Guilderland school district urges civility

Panel talks about interacting positively online and off

Guilderland Central School District, which recently dealt with an incident of cyberbullying, held a community conversation on how to use technology in a safe and responsible way.

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A musical gift for BCSD

Anonymous donor gives $13,000 to Bethlehem High string program

The musically inclined at Bethlehem Central High School have reason to celebrate after an anonymous donor presented the district with a $13,000 check for the purchase of music equipment.

Educators concerned over state funding

Cuomo touts focus on classrooms in speech, GEA absent from remarks

Local school leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have clashed on several issues during his three years in office, with state funding to schools being a major spot of contention. Cuomo’s recent State of the State address left some educators wondering if this year would bring any substantial change.

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Hoping to make an impact

Siena program exposes young people to the growing field of computer science

To spur an interest in the booming computer science industry, especially in women, Siena College created a program for young people that would expose them to the different aspects of the field

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Forts Ferry kids take a fresh approach

Kindergartners collect activities for the Fresh Air Fund bus ride from NYC

Forts Ferry kindergartners have come together to help children from Downstate stay busy on their bus ride into fresh air and open spaces.

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Chef’s cuisine drawing lines after school

New take-out program generating additional revenue for district

Balancing the books of a school’s food service program amid more strict federal lunch guidelines has led some districts to opt out of the new requirements and lose the funding tied to those guidelines. Voorheesville Central School District though is coming closer to getting out of the red without the federal funds with meal options for students and families.

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A second chance on the court

Shaker tennis standout teaches sport to at-risk youth

One high school tennis standout does more than just win on the court.

Guilderland music program receives accolades

High school selected as Grammy Signature Schools semi-finalist

Guilderland Central School District announced its high school was selected as a 2014 Grammy Signature Schools semi-finalist on Friday, Dec. 6. The Grammy Signature Schools program recognizes public high schools making an “outstanding commitment” to music education.

Voorheesville voters approve $2.7M project

Severe snowstorm leads to sparse turnout at school’s polls

Fewer than 200 people cast a ballot Tuesday, Dec. 17, on Voorheesville’s proposed $2.7 million bond project, which passed with 131 votes in favor and 52 votes against.

Savings unclear for Guilderland's reduced substitute rate

School board debates reduced pay-rate amid rising costs for long-term subs

Guilderland Superintendent of Schools Marie Wiles presented an update on substitute teaching expenses at the Board of Education’s meeting Tuesday, Dec. 10. Wiles stressed concrete conclusions could not yet be drawn on the affects of reducing the pay-rate.

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Help is at hand at BC High

With budget cuts looming and needed technical repairs increasing, Bethlehem High School’s Tech Services Department had an idea. Why not establish a student help desk similar to ones already in place a

Bethlehem Central High School is using interested students to man it's tech-based help desk.

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At home with reading

Habitat for Humanity, Book House team up for project

The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza is helping New Books for New Homes get books to children.