Forum focuses on effects of lost state aid to schools, rallies for funds to be returned
The regional forum, “NY Schools Still in Fiscal Peril: Our Kids Can’t Wait Another Year,” drew around 1,000 people to South Colonie High School on Thursday, Jan. 30, with a gym opened as an overflow room to broadcast it.
District projects $22.75M spending plan, small state aid increase
Staying within the state-mandated tax cap means the Voorheesville school district will have to cut around $630,000 from next year’s spending plan, and where those reductions are made will be decided in the coming months.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Shaker tennis standout teaches sport to at-risk youth
One high school tennis standout does more than just win on the court.
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.
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.
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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- SCCC chairwoman reappointed to national committee
- SCCC School of Music Open House
- School board approves three-year agreement with Guilderland Teachers
- Schalmont seeks community input on superintendent search
- BCSD informs parents about centralized bus stops for 2012-13
- BOU to hold B-ball fundraiser
- BC to hold budget forum
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