Leak on Emory Avenue one of five in village water system
One part of a 150,000-gallon water leak in the village water system has been identified to be coming from a pipe on Cazenovia school property, causing the board of education on March 10 to approve an emergency repair project at a cost of about $60,000.
Fayetteville-Manlius School District officials are proposing a 2014-15 budget that includes no major cuts to existing programs and services and allows the district to convert its half-day kindergarten program to full-day – a change that the state will fully pay for in its first year.
Skaneateles Central School District is turning to the public to ask for input as it evaluates its communication.
Kids ages 8 through 14 are invited to the Cazenovia Public Library from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, March 21, to celebrate the half-day of school with “Art For Kids – The Artist Within.” Join Pat Hill and Jenna Wright for the fifth installment of this successful series while enjoying a tour of the art gallery and a close-up look at five pieces selected from the library’s extensive art collection.
When you walk into Baldwinsville’s Canal Walk Cafe, you’re surrounded by the talents of local artists in a variety of media: culinary, crafting and paintings just to name a few. What you may not know is that one of those artists responsible for the eclectic and eye-catching decor is also involved in dishing up your palate’s preference. Meet your server, Jackie Colello, a gifted painter whose passion involves another kind of palette: color.
Stewards for the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark invite the public to the annual Gerrit Smith birthday party at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, to learn of Peterboro in 1864.
Susanna and David Harper receive Reister Award at board of directors’ annual meeting
Cazenovia’s Stone Quarry Hill Art Park had an excellent year in 2013 with more than 15,000 visitors, a new permanent sculpture by an internationally acclaimed artist and the recommendation to be added to both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, according to the SQHAP board of directors, which held its annual meeting on Feb. 27.
There are at least two reasons that it seems difficult for people to reflect on the pending retirement of Dale Bates, district business manager and assistant superintendent at Skaneateles Central Schools. First, they grieve at even the mention of his departure. Second, they find it difficult to summarize the magnitude of his impact on the Skaneateles Central School District — and thus, the entire Skaneateles community — over the past 30 years. In short, Skaneateles would not be what it is today without the man who played a pivotal role in making the district great.
The Cazenovia board of education last week held another lengthy discussion about the district’s “selection classification” athletic policy. This time, while previous arguments both for and against the policy were often repeated, new ideas on how to refine the program also were generated and the board agreed to form a task force to study and ultimately amend the official policy.
As controversies over Common Core and mandated standardized tests become more and more prevalent, many parents are choosing a new option in educating their children: homeschooling. Once the sole province of the very religious, homeschooling is becoming more popular every day, with a growth rate of 7 to 15 percent per year. Nationwide, about 2 million children learn at home instead of in a brick-and-mortar school, up from about 1 million in 2003. According to the U.S. Department of Education, about 88 percent of U.S. homeschool parents express concern about the school environment, citing drugs, negative peer pressure and general safety.
Parents of children attending the two parochial schools in the North Syracuse Central School District descended on the board of education Monday night to implore them to reconsider a decision they say could have fatal consequences. On Feb. 24, at its regular meeting, the NSCSD BOE voted to cut the full-time registered nurse position at St. Rose of Lima School in North Syracuse as well as the full-time registered nurse position at St. Margaret's School in Mattydale. The board then voted to create one full-time position and one part-time position to be shared between the two schools. The reduction would leave each school without a nurse for about two hours a day. The decision came about a month after St. Rose’s full-time nurse resigned from her position. The district has been paying a substitute. They opted to cut the position instead of hiring a new full-time nurse for St. Rose, which has many parents worried about their children’s health and safety.
Local high school student to get unique look at U.S. Naval Academy while attending fast-paced summer seminar
The U.S. Naval Academy has invited a select group of approximately 2,550 young men and women from around the nation and abroad to attend the Naval Academy Summer Seminar program this year, and Keaton Ackermann, a student at Cazenovia High School, will be among the attendees.
‘We’re going to have to cut,’ Superintendent Dubik says
The Cazenovia Central School District budget for the 2014-15 school year currently has a gap of three-quarters-of-a-million dollars; and although the state legislature — which has not finalized the budget yet — typically replaces a portion of the education funding stripped by the governor’s budget, no matter what happens, Cazenovia’s district budget will come up short and some budgetary items will not survive.
The Cazenovia High School Academic Decathlon team is the state champion once again, after it defeated five other schools for the title on Feb. 28 and March 1 at SUNY Brockport. Team members brought home 35 medals from the competition, and have now won the state contest nine out of the last 10 years.
Children ages 4 and older with their families are invited to join Jenna Wright in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room on Saturday, March 1, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for “A Birthday Celebration for Dr. Seuss.”