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Cazenovia school district ranked third in the state in new survey

Business First, a Buffalo-based magazine that conducts annual evaluations of the top school districts throughout New York state, last week released its 2015 results — and named Cazenovia Central School District the third-best school district in all of the 431 Upstate New York school districts. Pittsford, a southeastern suburb of Rochester, ranked no. 1, followed by Fayetteville-Manlius at no. 2.

F-M tops list for academic performance in six county area

A Buffalo-based business magazine has for the fifth consecutive year ranked the Fayetteville-Manlius School District number one in academic performance out of 54 public school districts in the Syracuse area.

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F-M educator turns fallen oak tree into learning experience

Recently, a large oak tree fell outside of Wellwood Middle School in Fayetteville. But instead of letting the tree be cleared without circumstance, an educator decided to turn the large fallen tree into a learning opportunity for students.

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Art teacher Bill Paben to retire after a 30-year career at Cazenovia High School

After 30 years teaching and inspiring young artists in the Cazenovia Central School District, art teacher Bill Paben is retiring at the end of this school year. “I have no regrets. I’ll miss the kids but I’m ready to make more memories,” Paben said. “Teaching has been so great, especially in this community. There has never been a day where I say ‘Oh I don’t feel like going to work today.’”

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CBA’s Brother Jozwiak and Keough assume new leadership roles

The Board of Trustees of Christian Brothers Academy announced today that it would be adopting a president and principal leadership model effective with the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year.

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Longtime school board members say goodbye

Vogl, Tobey and Marris end collective 30 years of board service

The Cazenovia Board of Education handled some routine year-end matters at its June 15 monthly board meeting, but the real events of the night were a bevy of goodbyes given to departing teachers, administrators and school board members.

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F-M coach named National Girls’ Cross Country Coach of the Year

Fayetteville-Manlius High School’s cross country, indoor and spring track head coach has earned another accolade to add to his list of honors.

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Vahey, Byrnes win JDFA scholarships

Benjamin Vahey and Meghan Byrnes, seniors at Jamesville-DeWitt High School, received Jamesville-DeWitt Faculty Association two-year and four-year scholarships during the school’s June 4 awards night.

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NOPL news: One day, three events, three libraries — how will you choose?

If your weekend isn’t already filled with things to do, you’re in luck! NOPL has great events happening at each library this Saturday that you’re not going to want to miss. The annual Friends of the Brewerton Library Book Sale is taking place at NOPL @ Brewerton, NOPL @ Cicero has a LibraryFarm Open House and NOPL @ North Syracuse is hosting the Syracuse Repair Café.

Father Scardella going to extreme measures to balance St. Mary’s Academy budget

Father Joseph Scardella, pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Baldwinsville, is going to extreme measures to fill a deficit in the St. Mary’s Academy school budget. Scardella will be walking 14 miles on June 18 — from the former St. Mary School in Fulton to St. Mary’s Academy in Baldwinsville — if he is able to raise a minimum of $25,000.

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Library focus: North Syracuse Art Guild work on display

We’re deep in the middle of graduation season now, so things are likely to be quiet at the library this week. It’ a great time to get down here and check out our amazing art show of pieces by the North Syracuse Art Guild including glass work and paper sculpture in addition to traditional two-dimensional pieces.

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Baldwinsville History Mystery: Do you know anything about this picture?

This man was well-known for his volunteerism. What do you know about him? One of the B’ville Voices markers is being dedicated in his honor on June 28. Another of the markers will be dedicated at the same time at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse Museum.

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DeWitt cuts ribbon on Butternut Creek Recreation and Nature Trail

After more than a decade of work to create a local park system connected through trails and walkways over the old Erie Canal, the ribbon was cut last weekend on the Butternut Creek Recreation and Nature Trail in DeWitt to celebrate the opening of the new wooden boardwalk.

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Suiting up: ESM educator to take part in space academy

Wins scholarship through Honeywell to become efficient STEM teacher

Molly McGarry, a teacher at East Syracuse Elementary, will soon be “taking off” to space academy in Huntsville, Ala., to learn about what it takes to be an astronaut and bring back what she learned to her students.

New principal appointed for Jamesville Elementary

Jamesville-DeWitt school district officials have announced the appointment of Peter Reyes as the new principal of Jamesville Elementary school.