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What’s new for Baldwinsville schools

Robert Edwards, who is the assistant principal for 10th grade, previously taught global studies and psychology for 10 years at Cortland High School.

Robert Edwards, who is the assistant principal for 10th grade, previously taught global studies and psychology for 10 years at Cortland High School.

New course at high school

This year Baker High School is offering medical interventions, the third course in the four-course Project Lead the Way biomedical sciences program. Students investigate a variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the life of a fictitious family. Through various scenarios, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices and diagnostics.

Changes to transportation

Reduced late bus runs

As part of the district’s budget reductions, late bus runs for the 2012-13 school year have been reduced to Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. This change will affect students in sixth through 12th grades. Athletes will not be affected by the change because they usually do not ride the late buses since athletic practices and games typically end later than the late bus runs. On Mondays and Fridays, the only late bus runs that the district will operate will be four buses for private and parochial students as well as for BOCES students. Because fewer buses will be transporting these students, some students might have up to an hour ride home.

The district has also reduced the number of buses for late runs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12 to eight. Depending on where they live, some students may have up to an hour trip home on the late bus because there will be more students on each bus and each bus will cover a broader area than in 2011-12.

More group bus stops for Durgee, Baker students

As another cost-cutting measure, more Baker and Durgee students will be picked up and dropped off at group bus stops this school year. The district has determined that group stops shave about six to 12 minutes off of an average bus run, resulting in cost savings and increased efficiency. Due to concerns for student safety, there will be no group stops located on busy or high speed roads.

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