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BCSD tops in county in administrative efficiency

The Baldwinsville Central School District has been named one of the most efficient in the state for administrative efficiency, according to a Western New York publication. Business First, a Buffalo-based magazine, annually examines data from the New York State Department of Education for 432 Upstate school districts, looking at district spending, staffing levels and debt service to rank districts according to administrative efficiency. Baldwinsville ranked No. 11 statewide, making it the top school in Onondaga County. It beat out 97.7 percent of schools in the state, earning a five-star rating for being in the top 10 percent. Liverpool (No. 25) and North Syracuse (No. 22) also ranked in the top 44 districts statewide, earning five-star ratings, as well.

Citizens learn to prepare for disasters in East Syracuse

About 700 citizens gathered in East Syracuse last week to attend Governor Cuomo’s NYS Citizen’s Preparedness Training and learn what to do in case of a natural, man-made or technical emergency. The event, which was held Tuesday, Sept. 30, at ESM high school, was part of program launched by Governor Cuomo in February 2014 with the plan to provide free emergency and disaster training to participants taught by the National Guard. So far, there have been about 140 training events throughout the state.

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FREE center in Fenner breaks ground for new educational building

The Fenner Renewable Energy Educational (FREE) Center has broken ground for construction of an educational building that is being added to the center to teach about renewable energy options.

Despite lower scores, B’ville students rank high in region

Despite the Common Core’s shake-up of state education standards, students in the Baldwinsville Central School District showed generally positive state assessment results last school year. Joseph DeBarbieri, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, presented the New York State Student Achievement Data Report for 2013-14 at the Oct. 6 Board of Education meeting. “We are right where we need to be,” DeBarbieri said.

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Cazenovia athletes participate in regional Special Olympics

Fifteen student-athletes from all three Cazenovia Central School District schools last week joined nearly 300 student-athletes from 11 schools in Madison and Oneida counties to compete in the annual Madison-Oneida BOCES Special Olympics Autumn Games at Canastota High School.

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C-NS girls break bread with local entrepreneur

When Linda Dwyer looked at her business classes at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, she thought something was off-kilter. “I noticed that most of my classes were male-dominated,” Dwyer said. In fact, one of her class sections doesn’t have a single female student. In an effort to jumpstart C-NS girls’ interest in business, Dwyer applied for and won the “E-Girls: Empowering Girls through Entrepreneurship” grant from the North Syracuse Education Foundation. She received about $1,400 to give 40 girls a taste of entrepreneurship.

Art for Kids: Passenger pigeon sculptures at the Cazenovia Public Library

The 2014-15 “Art for Kids” series is underway with the second installment in this popular series scheduled for 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room.

Community invited to hear about Columbine shooting victim’s inspiring legacy

Hear the heart-warming, true story of Rachel Scott and her dream to make a difference in the lives of others by doing the “little things” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Central High School auditorium. The ESM community is invited to come and learn about Rachel, who was the first student killed at Columbine High School shootings in 1999.

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ESM middle schoolers learn mobile restaurant business (and taste bacon jam)

Seventh grade students at ESM Pine Grove East middle school took a “reverse field trip” last week during which they had only to walk outside their school to learn a lesson about owning a mobile restaurant business from The Bacon Bandits — and the kids also got to shock their taste buds with a taste of the bandits’ famous bacon jam.

F-M’s Enders Road Elementary named National Blue Ribbon School

Enders Road elementary school in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District has been named a Blue Ribbon achiever by the U.S. Department of Education.

Cazenovia school board calls on state legislature to end Gap Elimination Adjustment

The Board of Education of the Cazenovia Central School District on Sept. 15 unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the New York State Legislature to end Gap Elimination Adjustments when adopting New York State’s 2015-16 Annual Budget.

McLoughlin resigns from J-D board of education

Three-term Jamesville-DeWitt board of education member Jack McLoughlin last week presented a letter of resignation from his seat, one year short of his term’s end, due to the fact he will be moving outside of the district.

October brings domestic violence awareness to Madison County

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month and, with the recent local and national events that have occurred, it has come at a good time.

Steigerwald appointed to fill vacant ESM board of education seat

The ESM school board voted unanimously Monday night to appoint former ESM school board member Jennifer Steigerwald to fill the vacant seat left by the August resignation of Allison Rumschick, who was moving out of the area.

J-D High School students receive AP scholar honors

In 2014, 95 Jamesville–DeWitt High School students earned a total of 96 AP scholar-level distinctions.