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School board eyes seven teacher, staff cuts in preliminary budget

The Cazenovia school district’s current budget outlook for the 2014-15 school year is “up in the air” until the state legislature finalizes the state budget; at the moment, however, the district’s preliminary budget calls for the elimination of six, possibly seven, district employees, including three support staff and three to four teaching positions.

School board schedules special budget meeting

The Cazenovia Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting to discuss the district budget for 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, in the board conference room of the district office.

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Skaneateles open house highlights technology use across disciplines, unique programs

The halls and classrooms of Waterman Primary School were buzzing with activity on March 26 as Skaneateles teachers and students from all grades exhibited science, technology, engineering and math programs.

Skaneateles schools now accepting petitions for two school board seats

The window to circulate petitions for candidates for the Skaneateles Board of Education is now open.

Academic Decathlon team raising money to attend national championships

The Cazenovia Lions Club last week presented a $500 check to the Cazenovia High School Academic Decathlon team to help them raise the necessary funds to travel to Hawaii for the national championships in late April.

OCM BOCES to host Common Core academies for educators

Central New York educators can take advantage of courses designed to help them implement the Common Core curriculum at OCM BOCES next week. From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 27 and 28, educators in the Syracuse area can attend Discovery Education’s Common Core Academies at BOCES’ Central New York Regional Information Center, 6075 East Molloy Road, Syracuse. The courses will be lead by Common Core state standards expert Dr. Karen Beerer and hosted by Discovery Education, a publisher and content provider that offers textbooks and multimedia content that support Common Core implementation.

North Syracuse proposes cutting more than 30 jobs

The North Syracuse Central School District is looking at cuts to more than 30 positions as part of its 2014-15 budget, according to a presentation given at the NSCSD Board of Education’s March 24 meeting. The district’s 2014-15 budget, totaling $145,297,379, is up 1. 2 percent from last year. Most of that increase comes from salaries, benefits and other contractual obligations, over which the district has little control. The budget also includes a reduction of 9 percent in supplies, fuel and other costs.

Skaneateles school board approves agreement to share business manager with Weedsport

The Skaneateles Board of Education voted in favor of entering an inter-municipal agreement with the Weedsport Central School District to share business manager services, on March 18.

OCC child care faces cuts

Community college students may soon have a harder time finding child care while they go to school. In his 2014-15 executive budget proposal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed cutting $653,000 from the state’s operating grant to the State University of New York’s child care centers. The cut would come in addition to a reduction in the federal Child Care Block Grant, which subsidizes care for children of needy student-parents. While the New York State Senate restored Cuomo’s cut in their budget proposal, advocates say the cuts faced by SUNY centers in the last several years are still devastating and need to be restored. And it’s community colleges that will likely see the most damaging consequences.

Liverpool voters approve Phase II construction referendum

Voters approved a Liverpool Central School District capital project referendum held March 20 by a margin of 959 to 641. The $39.7 million construction project represents Phase II of the Phase I to V Long Range Facilities Plan laid out for the 2010-20 decade. The project will take on several repairs throughout the district.

Jazz night coming to Cazenovia High School

The Cazenovia High School Jazz Ensemble, directed by Kathleen DiNardo, will present its 12th Annual Jazz Night at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in the Cazenovia High School Auditorium. The featured guest this year is Joe Colombo, trombone soloist, and his combo, from Syracuse, with Big Band Jazz being the featured music of the night.

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Schnabl to leave Caz to become Sherburne-Earleville superintendent

Cazenovia high School Principal Eric Schnabl has been named the new superintendent of the Sherburne-Earlville Central School District, and will begin his tenure there on July 1.

Skaneateles CSD officials discuss preliminary budget, two referendums

Budget still $223,918 short, board to discuss options on April 1

The Skaneateles Board of Education discussed the three referendums the district plans to put up for vote this year at its Feb. 18 meeting.

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‘STEMAhead’ to highlight effect of new technology on education

Community members will have a rare look inside classrooms from kindergarten through high school during a special event called STEMAhead on Wednesday, March 26 at Waterman School.

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MPH named ‘Best Delegation’ at London MUN conference

Charging into international competition, Manlius Pebble Hill School’s Model United Nations team won eight major awards and commendations and was named Best Medium Sized Delegation at the recent London International Model United Nations Conference (LIMUN).