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Posted on November 30 at 9:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This is preposterous. Telephone and cable lines are clearly visible in the photo above, and I don't believe they are considered historically appropriate... so what was the rationale for approving them?

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Posted on November 14 at 11:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

wmarincic, Perhaps your disdain for teachers goes back a little farther than you let on. Had you paid attention while you were in school, you would know how to interpret a data chart. The numbers you cite are completely inaccurate. The final column on the chart that you linked gives the dates of service. Look for salaries for 2012-2013 only, and correct your numbers. Feel free to resubmit your work once it is complete!

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Posted on November 7 at 4:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I am very disappointed to hear this story. Hope should NOT have been brushed off like that... nor should it have happened so often.

These "games" constitute premeditated sexual harassment and aggression. According to the SCSD Code of Conduct that's a Level 5 Infraction. Feel free to check it out, starting on page 30:

irishlad1234, I agree with you, it DOES all start at home.
However, parents need to model the behavior they expect from their sons and daughters. It is impossible to eliminate all sexist/misogynistic/violent influences from their world, but our home is the first place to start. Demonstrate respect for your body and everyone else's. It may not prevent all bad behavior, but it might make a dent.

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Posted on July 4 at 9:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

... and who on earth is Kathy Knapp anyway?

From: Schenectady parents fight to keep K-8 school model

Posted on November 12 at 10:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Brimy: Yes, you're right. The quote about Central Park students was not scientific, it was anecdotal. I don't think Ms. Moore intended it to be interpreted as such. Perhaps her writing style clouded her intended meaning in that passage, I don't know. But I DO know that children learn all kinds of inappropriate things no matter WHAT school configuration they attend, no matter if it's public or private. Children learn wherever they are, and as parents we are responsible to help them discern between what is productive information and what is trash.
My child entered kindergarten the first year Central Park was a K-8... believe me, I was nervous. The principal and the lower-grade teachers developed a "book buddies" program that provided a year-long structured and supervised interaction between the mid-level students and the very young ones. This instituted the idea that as a child grows older, they ARE role models for the younger students. The 7th and 8th grade students were extremely conscious of the kindergarteners and 1st graders - at first they didn't want "little kids" around, but after school started I can't tell you how many times I heard these young teens cooing over how cute the little ones were!
It was a significant change, and while no single system can accommodate everyone, from my perspective this model can and does work for many. At least, it works as long as it is adequately staffed, which is another topic of discussion altogether.

From: Schenectady School District mulls switch to K-8

Posted on July 9 at 2:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

When they can find the money to adequately fund our public school system, THEN I would feel a raise is justified. Every other department at the state level has felt the squeeze; the legislature should not be immune.

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Posted on June 21 at 9:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I hate to admit this, but I agree with wmarincic on this one. I am not a soda drinker, but it makes no sense to begin controlling an individual's choice of what he or she consumes. Yes, soda is bad for you, it's no secret. So is tobacco, alcohol in excess, and a long list of other consumables. If the soda limit is put in place now, what kind of precedent does it set, and where does the regulation of reason end? What happens if NYC's next mayor is a vegetarian? or (heaven forbid) a vegan? Will meat, dairy products, and honey consumption in restaurants be restricted too?

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Posted on February 2 at 10:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

When was Howe a K-8? Before the magnet school was moved to Central Park it was a K-6. Central Park underwent renovations to accomodate the younger grades as well as the middle schoolers... so these kids who have already been uprooted at least once can do it all over again? I don't know if that's the best solution.

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Posted on January 25 at 10:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Landlords who don’t pay city taxes may get their water turned off soon"... and “The most egregious violators are not owner-occupied”

The worst offenders are property owners who DO NOT RESIDE at their Schenectady properties.

So this tells me that turning off the water and refusing garbage pickup will directly affect the people actually living in the property, not necessarily the landlord. Is this right?

If the residents of these properties are still paying rent, is there a way to simply redirect where this money ends up? Can the rent be appropriated by the city to pay the back taxes? The delinquent landlords WILL be directly affected by that action, without punishing the people who are paying their rent at these properties.

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Posted on June 30 at 2:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Don't forget the Finger Lakes region... waterfalls & wine! Yahoo!

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