The Cazenovia Preservation Foundation will put nearly $60,000 worth of improvement work into Carpenter’s Pond and the Willow Patch this year, thanks to grant funding it recently received from the Central New York Community Foundation.
Local historians, history enthusiasts and genealogists now have a new tool at their disposal to track down people and events that occurred in the Cazenovia area dating back nearly 200 years — and it can be used in their own home or on a mobile device. The Cazenovia Public Library has recently gone live with its new digital newspaper database that allows users to read and search in nine different Cazenovia and Madison County newspapers for the years 1800 through 1989.
On Jan. 10, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County hosted the 2013 4H Awards and Recognition Banquet. This year’s banquet had 100 people in attendance and started off with a homemade ziti dinner. The banquet is organized every year to recognize the achievements of Madison County 4Her’s. Those who attend are awarded for community service, 4-H projects, leadership and how they bring 4-H into their everyday lives.
Morrisville State has been ranked, by U.S. News and World Report, second among regional colleges nationwide for outperforming its anticipated graduation metric.
Can you sing, dance, act or have a special talent? If you do, come participate in the Winter Fest Talent Show from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. Everyone Middle School aged and up is welcome. Auditions to perform in the show will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, and from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.
During a special executive session last Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Cazenovia Board of Education winnowed its list of candidates for the superintendent of schools position from 18 to six individuals, and this week planned to interview those six candidates to ultimately choose the final three.
The Cazenovia High School Academic Decathlon team brought home another victory over the weekend, when it took first place at the 2014 sectional U.S. Academic Decathlon held Jan. 25 at Westhill High School in Syracuse.
Board discusses future of LOTE programs
Following a recommendation from Superintendent Corliss Kaiser, a discussion between board members and comments from the public, the Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education voted unanimously to begin a full-day kindergarten program this fall at its Jan. 27 meeting.
Former ‘Wild Game Dinner’ will change menu but nothing else, pastor says
This Saturday, Feb. 1, the Open Door Baptist Church in New Woodstock will hold its 29th annual dinner and presentations for local outdoor enthusiasts. The event, which typically draws about 300 people, will be the same as it has every year with the exception of dinner: the previous homemade dishes made from wild game brought by attendees will not be allowed, and instead a pulled park barbecue will be served.
School districts in Central New York and beyond are in trouble, and it’s time we do something about it. That’s the message behind a pair of forums to be held Feb. 4 and 5 in Auburn and North Syracuse by the Central New York School Boards Association (CNY SBA) in conjunction with the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison, Cayuga-Onondaga, Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga and Oswego County BOCES. The forums, which will take place at Auburn West Middle School and North Syracuse Junior High School, respectively, will focus on the major factors causing those financial issues and how school administrators, teachers and community members can make a difference.
Continuing lack of state aid, other facts, means district could run out of money in near future
After losing $5 million in state aid during the past five years and using reserve funds to fill the gap — and with aid this year currently anticipated to be a mere $60,000 above last year — the Cazenovia Central School District was recently declared a district “susceptible to fiscal stress,” in the latest Fiscal Stress Monitoring System report released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. In layman’s terms, this means the district is in danger of running out of money in the near future, said District Superintendent Bob Dubik.
Local voters have agreed to OCM BOCES’ proposed facilities referendum with a 93 percent approval. One thousand four hundred and one votes were cast, with the final tally being 1.293 yes votes and 105 no votes on the referendum, which called for the purchase of the former Nationwide Insurance building in Salina and which will not increase costs for any of its 23 local component school districts.
The Skaneateles School Board will make a decision next month that could potentially affect property taxes for people throughout the district. The board discussed the possibility of enrolling in a new voluntary state program allowing local veterans to sign up for real property tax exemptions, at its Jan. 21 meeting.
The Fayetteville-Manlius School District Board of Education plans to vote during its 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 meeting on whether to implement a full-day kindergarten program and also discuss the possibility of expanding the district’s foreign language program.
Zoom Room including computers, camera equipment made possible by education foundation grant
Teachers, school administrators and community members gathered in Skaneateles High School on Wednesday, Jan. 22 to cut the ribbon and celebrate the opening of the school’s new Zoom Room.