Voters in the North Syracuse Central School District overwhelmingly approved a $2 million referendum to make repairs to the Michael J. Bragman Athletic Complex at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, as well as security upgrades at the same building. A total of 1,650 votes were cast, with 1,331 votes in favor of the referendum and 319 against.
Since 1997, schools across the nation have been participating in the International Walk to School Day, which occurs one day each year in early October. On the morning of Oct. 9, five Central New York schools participated in the event: Minoa Elementary and Fremont Elementary in the East Syracuse Minoa school district, Waterman Primary School and State Street Intermediate School in the Skaneateles school district and McKinley-Brighton Elementary in the Syracuse city school district.
The Cazenovia Central School District will present a referendum to district voters this December seeking permission to bond for a more than $7 million capital project to make necessary infrastructure repairs in all three district school buildings.
There is no compelling argument against voting for the upcoming referendum to replace the turf and running track at the Michael J. Bragman Athletic Complex at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, as well as make repairs to the field’s drainage system and upgrades to the high school’s security system. The project will cost a total of $2,020,000. The local share of $302,000 would come out of the district’s C-NS Athletic Complex Reserve Fund, which was approved by district voters on Oct. 14, 1998, according to Assistant Superintendent for Management Donald Keegan.
The superintendent of schools and the Cazenovia school board will hold its first community forum to hear from the public their priorities as the 2013-14 school year begins.
Seven student-athletes from Burton Street Elementary School took to the athletic fields last week to participate in track and field competitions in this year’s Madison-Oneida BOCES Special Olympics Autumn Games at Canastota High School. Sage Byrnes, Kodi Callahan, Ian Decker, Zach Streeter, Connor Wilcox, Connor Zampetti and Anna Linck joined 250 other athletes from nine other districts in Madison and Oneida counties to compete in track and field events including the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter dash, shot put, running and standing long jump and a softball throw. The event also includes Adaptive Games for athletes not able to compete in traditional events.
To the editor: "Bundling" may be a good way to save money on your phone, TV and internet bill, but it's yet another subterfuge by the North Syracuse school board, who would have the taxpayers believe that classroom security and refurbishing the athletic field and stadium are somehow related.
The 10th season of Cazenovia College’s Great Minds, Great Ideas Lecture Series continues at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Cazenovia Public Library, when Dr. Barbara Hager, professor of biology and program director of the biology and environmental biology programs at Cazenovia College, offers a brief survey of the history of vaccine development and application, titled “Salk’s Legacy: What’s Poe Got to Do With it?”
More than 100 people showed up last Saturday, Sept. 28, for the official naming ceremony of Cazenovia College’s new “Jephson Campus” at 10 Albany St. The event was held in honor and recognition of the recent $1 million commitment from the Jephson Educational Trusts to the college as part of the college’s ongoing, multi-million-dollar campus improvement campaign. The Trusts’ donation will go toward the planned refurbishment and expansion of the college’s studio-arts facilities on the site previously known as South Campus.
On Thursday, Oct. 3, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will host, “Twilight at the Zoo Special Edition: A Life in the Wild with Jim Fowler.” The evening lecture begins at 6:30 p.m., and is sponsored by Mutual of Omaha.
While some teenagers were life guarding, mowing lawns or waiting tables this summer, five Skaneateles High School students were conducting research that may someday help to save certain species of trees from extinction.
Pete Liddell, a 1984 graduate of Cazenovia High School and former assistant athletics director and men’s baseball coach at Cazenovia College, was inducted into the Cazenovia College Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 28. Liddell was recognized as the college’s all-time leader in wins (159) and total games coached (373) from 1994-2005.
Sometimes, all it takes to be a hero is to strap on a helmet and hop on a bike. Some 175 riders took part in the Syracuse Ride for Missing Children Friday, a 100-mile ride made by bicycle riders or "Friends of Missing Children" that raises funds to support prevention education programs and to remember all missing children. The event, sponsored by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/New York (NCMEC/NY), featured stops at several area schools, including Nate Perry Elementary and Soule Road Elementary in Liverpool, where students greeted them with cheers and handmade signs.
On Sunday, Oct. 20, in the Morgan Room at Cazenovia College, the Cazenovia High School Drama Club will be presenting, “Be Our Guest…For a Musical Feast,” an evening of Broadway songs coupled with an Italian meal.
The Cazenovia Board of Education last week filled the fifth grade teaching position in the middle school that was added the week before school started — but not until the board had a lengthy discussion over district hiring policies and whether or not the board itself should get involved in selecting position candidates. Such a change — the board currently only approves or rejects new hires put forth by the superintendent after being selected by a committee — would fundamentally alter the hiring policy and give the board a responsibility that is currently held only by the superintendent.