BC officials hope restoration of state aid would prevent program cuts
Bethlehem Central School District is facing a preliminary budget gap of $4.8 million for the 2014-15 school year, but officials are hoping some of that money will be restored in the state budget.
Forum focuses on Common Core problems facing special education
Senators Cecilia Tkaczyk and Neil Breslin and Assembly members John McDonald and Phil Steck listened to comments from several speakers Tuesday, Feb. 11, discussing how implementation of the Common Core curriculum has exacerbated challenges for students with special needs.
Forum focuses on effects of lost state aid to schools, rallies for funds to be returned
The regional forum, “NY Schools Still in Fiscal Peril: Our Kids Can’t Wait Another Year,” drew around 1,000 people to South Colonie High School on Thursday, Jan. 30, with a gym opened as an overflow room to broadcast it.
District projects $22.75M spending plan, small state aid increase
Staying within the state-mandated tax cap means the Voorheesville school district will have to cut around $630,000 from next year’s spending plan, and where those reductions are made will be decided in the coming months.
Elsmere kindergartners get a virtual front-row view of one athlete’s Olympic dreams
Elsmere kindergartners get a virtual front-row view of one athlete’s Olympic dreams.
Anonymous donor gives $13,000 to Bethlehem High string program
The musically inclined at Bethlehem Central High School have reason to celebrate after an anonymous donor presented the district with a $13,000 check for the purchase of music equipment.
Cuomo touts focus on classrooms in speech, GEA absent from remarks
Local school leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have clashed on several issues during his three years in office, with state funding to schools being a major spot of contention. Cuomo’s recent State of the State address left some educators wondering if this year would bring any substantial change.
New take-out program generating additional revenue for district
Balancing the books of a school’s food service program amid more strict federal lunch guidelines has led some districts to opt out of the new requirements and lose the funding tied to those guidelines. Voorheesville Central School District though is coming closer to getting out of the red without the federal funds with meal options for students and families.
Severe snowstorm leads to sparse turnout at school’s polls
Fewer than 200 people cast a ballot Tuesday, Dec. 17, on Voorheesville’s proposed $2.7 million bond project, which passed with 131 votes in favor and 52 votes against.
District proposes reconstructing roof, upgrading technology for future demands
Voorheesville school officials are hoping a scaled-back capital project targeting what it has deemed to be essential improvements will be approved by voters.
Colleagues praise retiring Voorheesville Library Youth Services director’s passion and creativity
Connecting with young readers of all ages is what attracted Joyce Laoisa to Voorheesville Public Library around 16 years ago. Although a library’s role has changed over time, her mission to inspire children remained steadfast.
Ricky the Robot teaches Glenmont first graders about technology
The Glenmont Elementary School teacher Peter Rawitsch has been introducing robotic technology to first graders for more than 25 years.
Glenmont Elementary School PTA's Project Playground received a $10,000 grant from CSXT Corporation.
Elementary kids get their kicks at after school program
Slingerlands Elementary students are now being given the opportunity to learn how to ballroom dance through a new program being offered after school called Dance Crazy Kids.
Stram Center hopes to relocate to former BCSD administration site
Another local business is attempting to purchase the Bethlehem Central School District’s property at 90 Adams Place, and this potential tenant appears likely to meet the approval of neighborhood residents.
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