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Bethlehem Central School District budget outlook brightens

State aid projected to increase $2M; tax cap at 0.45 percent increase

District administrators presented an updated 2015-16 proposed budget to the Bethlehem Board of Education at its Tuesday, March 31, meeting. Bethlehem Central is slated to see an increase of nearly $2.3 million in state funding.

Bethlehem Central eyes restoring past classroom cuts

Several additions proposed for district’s instructional budget next year as funds increase

Classrooms will likely be spared from any reductions to educational opportunities next school year. Unlike recent years, several additions are being proposed.

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Substation strife sparks on

National Grid presents project to Bethlehem school board

National Grid representatives presented plans for its Van Dyke Road Substation Project at the Bethlehem Board of Education meeting Wednesday, March 18.

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Planting a seed for STEM to grow

Local resident donates funds to bolster educational opportunities at Bethlehem Central

A local man is hoping his monetary donation not only enhances STEM education at the school district, but also encourages other community members to open their wallets.

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Bethlehem Central eyes bolstering athletic programming

District weights lifting funding burden off booster clubs, cutting freshman football

After years of looking towards school sports for potential budget reductions, district leaders are proposing to increase overall funding to athletic programming.

Voorheesville schools eye $71k gap

Guilderland Board of Education faces $130k gap, targets 3 percent tax hike

Voorheesville district leaders welcomed a much smaller budget gap than in recent years, with next year’s shortage falling to around $71,000. The preliminary budget should total around $23 million.

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Turning challenges into opportunities

BCMS students listen to speakers discuss thriving with disabilities

Feeling uncomfortable in your own skin is a common experience for many people during their youth. John Robinson felt similar, but his discomfort stretched long past his teenage years.

Kids are worriers, too

Anxiety is common among high school seniors applying to college

This year, my senior year, I noticed a common theme among my classmates: Panic.

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Bethlehem Central School District outlines spending

Governor’s delay causes strife on district budgeting for next year

School board members heard proposals over what money needs to be spent next year to address several issues outside of the classroom.

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Educators: Cuomo is failing us

Regional forum rallies for equitable education funding, local control of classrooms

Many education advocates over the last few years have criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo for not supporting public schools. Now some question if he’s intentionally working against them.

Whooping cough at Elsmere Elm

The Bethlehem Central School District confirmed a case of pertussis, commonly known as Whooping Cough, at Elsmere Elementary.

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Bethlehem Central School District kicks off budget talks

Bethlehem Central School District’s 2015-16 budget is assuming state aid will remain flat at roughly $23.35 million.

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Notes of Encouragement

BCMS students use Post-Its to spread cheer

Piper Lilley had no idea her afternoon television session would soon inspire her whole school to be more cheerful.

Report: Schools fiscally de-stress

Guilderland still susceptible to fiscal stress, South Colonie drops designation

Budget gaps and potential reductions might be looming for many school boards, but a recent report found most local school districts are not fiscally stressed.

UPDATE: Voorheesville schools bomb threat was false alarm

A bomb threat was found this morning at the Voorheesville Middle and High School building but proved to be a false alarm, according to school district officials.