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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: State budget includes largest school aid increase since 2008

I supported this year’s state budget because it provides crucial funding for our schools, while also preserving local control over important issues like teacher evaluations. The 2015-16 state budget provides a total of $23 billion for education, an increase of $1.6 billion over last year’s budget. Almost $1.3 billion of that increase goes directly to individual school districts.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt ends April 10

Things are blooming here at the library. The daffodils are sprouting and will soon show their sunny faces. Our walls are full of colorful works from B’ville’s youngest artists and we have actual plants you can claim when you enter our Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt. The details of the hunt are available on our home page at bville.lib.ny.us or come on down, ask us in person and claim your seedling.

Pill problem

Forum at L’pool library looks at prescription drug abuse

Prescription drug abuse among Central New York youth is an escalating crisis, according to Joyce Abold, vice president of the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Advisory Council.

Every day 9 a.m. to midnight Baldwinsville Bulletin Board: PAC-B April 11-17

Baldwinsville PAC-B, the public access channel at cable channel 98, has a digital sister channel and Verizon channel. The locally produced programs seen on PAC-B for the past decade can also be seen on Time Warner Digital Channel 1498 and Verizon FiOS Channel 30. In addition, digital equipment at PAC-B’s facilities at 8 Mechanic St. is providing improved signal quality to Channel 98 viewers. For those without Internet access, “Upcoming schedule” will display the next 10 programs to be aired on PAC-B TV at 9 a.m., noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. daily. Visit pacbtv.org online.

U.S. Congress bulletin: Calling all CNY high school artists

Each spring, the members of the U.S. House of Representatives sponsor a high school art competition to acknowledge and promote artistic talent. The winning piece of artwork from each congressional district across our country is displayed for one full year in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

High School PTSA seeking ‘After the Prom’ sponsors and volunteers

The Cazenovia High School PTSA is sponsoring the annual drug and alcohol free “After Prom Party” and is looking for support from the Cazenovia community.

Chenango Bird Club presents ‘Canoe Journey’ presentation

The Chenango Bird Club presents “Sherburne to Chesapeake — A Canoe Journey” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at Rogers Environmental Education Center’s Bird Exhibit Cabin. Local paddling enthusiasts Fred and Patti von Mechow will share their July 2014 adventure of paddling the Chenango and Susquehanna rivers to reach the Chesapeake Bay.

Former Cazenovia College student indicted for on-campus rape charges

A man suspended from Cazenovia College last year after being accused of raping a fellow student has been indicted by a Madison County grand jury and was arraigned Friday, April 3, in Madison County Court. Jeffrey Diaz, 22, of New York City, was arrested by Cazenovia Police and charged with rape in the first degree and performing a criminal sex act in the first degree, both Class B felonies.

Cazenovia school district receives slight increase in state GEA funding restoration

Dire district program cuts now less likely than feared, superintendent says

The New York state legislature’s passage of its 2015-16 state budget on April 1 means that school districts throughout the state can now complete their 2015-16 district budgets, knowing approximately how much state education aid they will receive – which they previously did not know. For the Cazenovia Central School District, this equates to a $357,000 increase in GEA funding – about $130,000 more than the district received in 2014-15 – which will allow the board of education to complete a budget most likely without dire cuts to district programs and personnel, as had been feared.

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F-M names new principal for Mott Road Elementary

Administrators from Fayetteville-Manlius School District have announced the newest principal of Mott Road Elementary School.

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Cazenovia named a top public school district in New York state in latest ranking

Cazenovia Central School District has been selected as one of the top 100 school districts in New York state, according to a list developed by research analyst company Niche.

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CHS Mock Trial team bests J-D, headed to finals

The Cazenovia High School Mock Trial team bested Jamesville-Dewitt High School on Thursday, March 26, to advance to the final round of county competition.

Spring Break: Something for everyone at the Cazenovia Public Library

Jenna Wright is calling children of all ages and their families to the Cazenovia Public Library as it gears up for another fun and exciting break week. There are a variety of activities for all ages, giving children a chance to dive into interesting new topics and activities.

Cazenovia’s music education program receives national recognition

The NAMM Foundation has recognized Cazenovia Central Schools for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation. Cazenovia joins 388 districts across the country in receiving the prestigious distinction in 2015.

NOPL NEWS: Discover the Discovery Den

Northern Onondaga Public Library announces the opening of the Discovery Den inside its North Syracuse location. Formerly the computer lab, the Discovery Den is the library’s new space for self-guided “mini make” projects – hands-on activities that anyone can participate in – designed to educate, inspire and engage.