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South Colonie bus drivers voice concern over budget cuts

Drivers dropped from full to part time retain their benefits

Following the resignation of a popular physical education teacher, the focus has shifted from athletics to transportation as bus drivers and parents voiced their concern over the elimination of midday universal pre-kindergarten runs in Colonie.

Fate of Chinese program in limbo

Bethlehem BOE says low enrollment, difficulty finding instructor could lead to phase out

Efforts are being made by the Bethlehem Central Board of Education to appropriately phase out the Chinese language program at the district after parents and students spoke out about the curriculum change.

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Guilderland Public Library continues tackling tutoring

Board members walking “fine line,” tutors could be tapped for input

Discussions over private tutors using space at the Guilderland Public Library and what procedures or policies should be implemented continued at the library Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, May 8.

North Colonie budget proposal at max allowed increase

Superintendent says community has supported similar rates in the past

At the budget hearing to outline the 2014-15 spending plan for North Colonie Central Schools, questions was raised as to why the district is boosting taxes to the maximum amount allowable, even though it isn’t in financial distress.

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Rwandan genocide survivor speaks at Shaker High School

Mukeshimana talked about her path to freedom in the United States

Shaker High School held its first Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony Tuesday, April 29, and had a survivor of the Rwandan genocide speak about how important it is to remember these events so they don’t happen again.

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20 years of drama

Sand Creek Middle School’s Cast & Crew club gives everyone a shot at the stage

A school drama club that started 20 years ago with the intent of involving every student who wanted to participate is having a special reunion following the afternoon performance of their spring musical, “Annie.”

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Shaker alumna wins award

2010 graduate takes less traditional path to further her education

A Shaker High School alumna who is currently a senior at the University of Chicago recently received a grant that few people in the world have had the privilege of accepting.

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Guilderland music teachers denounce proposed cuts

Educators ask to restore 0.25 FTE, Wiles says need not yet demonstrated

Several Guilderland school district music teachers are petitioning proposed cuts to their department, which totals less than half of one full-time equivalent position next school year.

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Clarkson University to honor Voorheesville educator

Former student nominated Selkirk man for inspirational educator award

Physics teacher Ted Simons left a lasting impression on at least one former student, but Simons said his dedication is no different than that of his colleagues at Voorheesville Central School District.

Bethlehem's lab school under the microscope

Committee formed in the wake of concerns that low enrollment could prompt class cuts

The Bethlehem Central School District has decided to form a new Lab School committee after hearing concerns from parents last month about possible changes to the program due to low enrollment in some of the classes.

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Next stop: Neverland

Voorheesville fifth-graders to perform ‘Peter Pan Jr.’

Peter Pan may not want to go to school, but the fifth-graders at Voorheesville Elementary School are eager to get there each day to practice their lines for their upcoming show, “Peter Pan Jr.”

RCS schools flip the switch to solar

Over the next 20 years, solar collectors sitting atop the four school buildings and bus garage are going to harness enough energy to clip at least $800,000 from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk's utility bills – all at no cost to taxpayers.

Bethlehem Central School District keeps budget under cap

Cuts to staff and equipment purchases help close gap

The Bethlehem Central school board has adopted a spending plan for the 2014-15 school year that does not challenge the state tax cap.

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Voorheesville school board adopts budget

Property taxes would increase 2 percent; state aid boost restores cuts

The Voorheesville Board of Education on Monday, April 21, unanimously adopted a spending plan totaling $22.89 million, which remained essentially unchanged from its March 31 meeting.

South Colonie cuts midday bus routes for pre-kindergarten students

Budget constraints lead to cuts in driver hours

After another year of being financially strained, South Colonie Central School District is cutting midday transportation for universal pre-K students, forcing parents to find other ways to get their children to school.