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Education advocates seek hike in state funding for Schenectady

SCHENECTADY

Education advocates seek hike in state funding for Schenectady

Just days after lawmakers wrapped up the 2016 legislative session, Schenectady education advocates are beginning to press for increased funding in next year’s state budget.

Commissioner Elia launches reading program in Schenectady

SCHENECTADY

Commissioner Elia launches reading program in Schenectady

On your mark. Get set. Read.

Lawmakers pass lead contamination testing bill

ALBANY

Lawmakers pass lead contamination testing bill

School districts across the state will be required to test water taps for lead contamination under a law passed by the state Legislature in its final hours of work last week.

Therapy dog settles in at Draper Middle School

ROTTERDAM

Therapy dog settles in at Draper Middle School

“After a rough day, you can come in here and calm down and pet Luna,” sixth-grader Kolbie Aylor said last week of Draper Middle School’s new therapy dog.

Few Schenectady school employees live in district

Few Schenectady school employees live in district

Just six of the district’s 90 administrators live within the boundaries of the Schenectady City School District, according to a district report earlier this year.

Juneteenth celebrates slavery's end, African American traditions

SCHENECTADY

Juneteenth celebrates slavery's end, African American traditions

The Hamilton Hill Arts Center held the opening ceremonies for the 16th annual celebration of Juneteenth at the African American Burial Ground in Vale Cemetery on Friday.

Glenville residents have some concerns over Mekeel’s plans

GLENVILLE

Glenville residents have some concerns over Mekeel’s plans

Residents’ concerns over the transfer of a school district building to Mekeel Christian Academy were addressed Thursday evening.

Finally, Albany slaves to get dignified burial

ALBANY COUNTY

Finally, Albany slaves to get dignified burial

For those men and women enslaved by the Schuyler family in the 17th and 18th century, there was no Emancipation Proclamation, no Juneteenth Celebration.

SCOTIA

Scotia to build sidewalks linking schools

The village plans to provide sidewalks for students walking to two elementary schools.

ALBANY

Regents OK review for students with disabilities

Students with disabilities who don’t pass all of their Regents exams may still be able to graduate high school after their district superintendent reviews their coursework, under a state rule approved Monday.

550 receive degrees fron Union College

SCHENECTADY

550 receive degrees fron Union College

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker took the opportunity as keynote speaker of Union College’s 222nd commencement to shine a fresh light on one of the school’s most prominent graduates.

High school group facilitates conversations about race, inclusion

SCHENECTADY

High school group facilitates conversations about race, inclusion

The Roots Club, which formed earlier this school year and promotes dialogue about race and inclusion, let the whole school vote on who it wanted to immortalize with a mural. That mural of the iconic "Hope" poster from Obama's 2008 campaign, was unveiled last week.

NISKAYUNA

Niskayuna expands online system

Niskayuna parents will be asked to submit student health, emergency and directory information online for the upcoming school year.

Elmer Avenue School has unique architectural, cultural history

Elmer Avenue School has unique architectural, cultural history

The Elmer Avenue neighborhood that Jane Ann Schermerhorn Ellis Smitley created back in the first decade of the 1900s continues to change.

Schenectady librarians shape new role

SCHENECTADY

Schenectady librarians shape new role

It’s a workout following librarian Emily Roberts on her rounds at Schenectady's Pleasant Valley Elementary School. Rather than meeting classes in the library, she goes to them.

Hidden thumb drive at Niskyuna High leads to arrests

NISKAYUNA

Hidden thumb drive at Niskyuna High leads to arrests

A discovery last year of a thumb drive hidden in a book at the Niskayuna High School library led to accusations of at least one male student secretly filming female students, according to paperwork filed in court.

SCHENECTADY

Schenectady school district, teachers reach tentative contract

The Schenectady Federation of Teachers representatives have reached a tentative agreement with district officials on a teachers contract that would last through August 2019, Federation President Juliet Benaquisto said Friday.

Fixing Niskayuna High's geothermal system could cost $300K

NISKAYUNA

Fixing Niskayuna High's geothermal system could cost $300K

The geothermal heating and cooling system at Niskayuna High School has “never worked properly” since it was switched on less than 10 years ago, but district officials hope they are circling in on a fix that could cost as much as $300,000.

In Schenectady, developing skills and a future

SCHENECTADY

In Schenectady, developing skills and a future

Nearly five years after tropical storms Irene and Lee ravaged the Capital Region, there are still several empty, damaged houses in the Stockade District.

Average tax bill in Niskayuna weighs in at $8,290

NISKAYUNA

Average tax bill in Niskayuna weighs in at $8,290

If you want to live in Niskayuna, be prepared to pay. Niskayauna homeowners have the highest tax bills in the Capital Region, according to a report released Thursday that compares the tax bills on median-value homes.

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