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South Colonie adopts tax levy

After a tough year of budgeting resulted in the loss of a well-liked physical education teacher and football coach, among other positions, the South Colonie Central School District’s growth and assessment rate increase came in lower than projected in the spring.

North Colonie board approves final tax rate

Numbers come in lower than projected

The North Colonie Board of Education approved a tax levy increase of 2.55 percent, which is down from the 3.63 percent the board estimated in April.

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North Colonie Central School District officially accepts Vinnie’s playground

New play area at Blue Creeek Elementary built in memory of Vincenzo Rizzo

After 18 months of planning, fundraisers and bringing the community together to build a project in honor of a young student that died, the school has formally accepted the playground built for Vinnie Rizzo.

Area schools awarded grant to review assessments

BOCES-led consortium wins nearly $440k for 12 districts

A dozen area school districts welcomed an infusion of state funding to help improve assessment practices.

South Colonie harvests sunlight

District will place solar panels on 11 buildings

With schools across the state and nation facing tough decisions and budgets, one school district was able to find a way to save money every year on energy costs without taxpayers footing the bill.

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Guilderland school board sets aside study scenarios

District looks at fresh start to discussions about unused space within its schools

Guilderland Board of Education members unexpectedly voted 7-2 at the Tuesday, Aug. 19, meeting to set aside scenarios presented in the building capacity study in favor of community members and the board developing their own options.

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Tech Valley High makes a move

Regional program prepares for first year at CNSE’s Albany campus

The phones were still off the hook, but Tech Valley High School Principal Dan Liebert could already hear educational opportunities calling area students.

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Bethlehem school tax rate comes in under estimates

District officials cite town’s reassessment as the reason

Bethlehem residents are set to see a lower school tax rate following the reassessment project that occurred earlier in the year.

Back To School Resources

This appears in Spotlight Newspapers' Back To School special section.

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Nanotech interns tackle tough questions

CSNE summer program allows students to get hands-on research experience

Nearly 60 students worked one-on-one with SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering professors over the past 10 weeks to gain hands-on experience.

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A better balance

Area schools look for creative ways to provide nutritious meals that kids will want to ea

This story appears in Spotlight Newspapers' Back To School supplement, which came out Aug. 13.

Do online report cards make the grade?

More Capital District schools are moving to digital reports to allow parents an easy way to monitor a child’s progress

This story appears in Spotlight Newspapers' Back To School supplement, which came out Aug. 13.

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New route for Elsmere Elementary School walkers

Town and state officials come up with safer options for students on foot

Elsmere Elementary students will find their walk to school to be a bit safer come fall, after the town instituted a new travel route.

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Fostering confidence through creativity

Summer art classes for special education student help them gain life skills and more

Summer school is generally not something students clamor for, but there are some that enjoy the atmosphere and benefit from year-round learning.

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The trials of summer

Albany County Bar Association helps Cohoes teen attend camp that sharpens law skills

A student from Cohoes High School was the first person to be given a newly created scholarship that helped her attend an educational camp in Lake George.