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School officials respond to bomb, shooting threats in Auburn on Monday

‘NO THREAT’: School officials respond to bomb, shooting threats on Monday
Officials from the Auburn Enlarged City School District sent out an automated message to parents trying to quell rumors that there was a threat of violence against city schools and students. Specifically, a threat of violence at the high school. During the morning hours parents became aware of a rumor, which included the threat of a shooting or possible bomb.... more

Cato-Meridian, Moravia school districts put projects before voters this week

Cato-Meridian, Moravia school districts put projects before voters this week
Residents in two Cayuga County school districts will decide on school project proposals this week, with neither expected to increase taxes. The first vote, on Tuesday, involves the Cato-Meridian Central School District’s energy performance contract for $2.4 million in upgrades to various systems in the district. The proposal asks whether district residents want the state to pay an additional 10... more

Board of Trustees formally announces support of MCC President Kress

Board of Trustees formally announces support of MCC President Kress
On Monday, an army of teachers and union members filled the Board of Trustees meeting at Monroe Community College. The goal was to raise awareness to issues that the faculty claim are long-running and deeply-rooted in the college’s administration that include retirement, contract violations and treatment of employees. “I felt unsafe, I felt disrespected, I was disrespected,” said one teacher,... more

Study: More students default on loans at for-profit schools

Study: More students default on loans at for-profit schools
A new report finds that students attending for-profit colleges in New York state are more than twice as likely to default on their loans as those at non-profit schools. The study was published Tuesday by the Manhattan-based Center for an Urban Future and first reported by The Associated Press. The organization’s researchers analyzed five years of loan data, finding that... more

UR Warner School to offer guaranteed school counseling scholarships

UR Warner School to offer guaranteed school counseling scholarships
The University of Rochester’s Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development announces a new scholarship program designed to make its innovative school counseling programs more affordable and to attract the best and the brightest to serve in area K-12 schools as counselors. The new guaranteed 50 percent school counseling scholarships will help to address a statewide shortage of school... more

Tuition at SUNY schools could go up again in 2019

Tuition at SUNY schools could go up again in 2019
Tuition to the state’s public colleges next year could increase once again next, driving up the cost of a four-year public college education in New York. “It’s going to be a tight fiscal year. The state is looking at a deficit. Will the state increase financial aid? It’s going to be a big issue,” said Blair Horner, NYPIRG legislative director.... more

Keuka College names Vice President of Finance and Administration

Keuka College names Vice President of Finance and Administration
Veteran college administrator Bob Baumet will join Keuka College this month to fill the newly created position of Vice President of Finance and Administration. He’ll succeed Interim Chief Financial Officer Carl Sgrecci, who will remain on board through the transition. Baumet brings extensive management and government/nonprofit accounting experience to his new role. He comes to the College after more than... more

Moravia school district’s capital project passes by wide margin

Moravia school district’s capital project passes by wide margin
Moravia Central School District voters approved the first phase of a multi-million dollar capital project on Wednesday. The capital project proposal passed 190-36. The first part of a three-phase project is set to have a $11.5 million price tag, with $10 million in building improvements and a energy performance contract for $1.5 million in upgrades. The district plans to start... more

Education groups call for $2.2B increase in state aid

Education groups call for $2.2B increase in state aid
A coalition of New York education groups are requesting a multi-billion state aid increase for the 2019-20 fiscal year. The New York State Educational Conference Board on Thursday called for a $2.2 billion state aid hike. The proposed increase includes $1.31 billion for foundation aid, which is the base funding for school districts, and $400 million for expense-based reimbursements. The... more

MCC faculty, unionized employees support no confidence vote on Kress

MCC faculty, unionized employees support no confidence vote on Kress
Out of over 500 voting faculty members and unionized employees at Monroe Community College, 88 percent supported a vote of no confidence in President Anne Kress, the Faculty Senate and Faculty Association announced Monday. The voting individuals were asked to respond to a proposed resolution from the Faculty Senate and Faculty Association — which represents teaching and professional employees —... more

Cornell has ties to NASA spacecraft that landed on Mars

Cornell has ties to NASA spacecraft that landed on Mars
An out-of-this-world project has a big local tie. This week, many people will be following the InSight Probe that landed on Mars. Cornell University is playing a major role in the NASA mission: Professor Don Banfield is one of the investigators and science team members. The team will be studying the interior geology of the planet. Cornell University professor Jonathan... more

MCC President Kress fires back after ‘no confidence’ vote

MCC President Kress fires back after ‘no confidence’ vote
Monroe Community College President Anne Kress portrayed a wide ranging complaint about her administration as a union tactic in an ongoing contract dispute, not a genuine critique of her leadership. “The way that we resolve a contract is not in the public sphere,” she professed. “It’s not through the media.” Kress spoke on Tuesday after Monday’s announcement by the MCC... more

Auburn police officer to become Weedsport school resource officer

Auburn police officer to become Weedsport school resource officer
The village of Weedsport voted to hire a retiring Auburn Police Department officer as the school resource officer for the Weedsport Central School District. Officer Brandy Quigley, who served with city police for more than 20 years, is expected to start as the district’s school resource officer Jan. 2 when students return from winter break. After months of working out... more

Yates County Chamber of Commerce taking advance registration for Defensive Driving Courses

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The Yates County Chamber of Commerce is currently taking advance registration for its Defensive Driving Courses being offered during the months of January-March. The classes are as follows: January 9th – 10th, 2019, Wednesday and Thursday evening 6PM – 9PM. February 6th – 7th, 2019, Wednesday and Thursday evening 6PM – 9PM. March 9th, 2019, Saturday 9 am – 3:30PM.... more

Agreement between Auburn school district, teachers union finalized

Agreement between Auburn school district, teachers union finalized
An agreement between the Auburn Enlarged City School District and the teachers union has been approved. On Tuesday night, the district’s board of education approved the terms of a four-year contract between the district and the Auburn Teachers Association. The agreement covers July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2022, as the last contract expired at the end of the last... more

Cayuga Community College on pace to fall short of enrollment goal

Cayuga Community College on pace to fall short of enrollment goal
Cayuga Community College expects it will fall short of its enrollment goals for the 2018-2019 school year. CCC president Brian Durant talked about enrollment projections at a board of trustees meeting Thursday morning. The college is on track to drop 2 percent shy of its goal for the year based on where fall enrollment numbers have been, Durant said. CCC... more

MCC president responds with essay after ‘no confidence’ vote initiated by resolution

MCC president responds with essay after ‘no confidence’ vote initiated by resolution
This week a ‘no confidence’ vote is expected against Monroe Community College President Anne Kress. The resolution asks trustees to conduct a full review of Kress and her administration, and to consider the possibility of dismissals. This is the latest in faculty complaints of declining morale and lost confidence in Kress and leadership going back several years. But it is... more

Sennett awarded $1.78M state grant to advance water infrastructure project

Sennett awarded $1.78M state grant to advance water infrastructure project
The town of Sennett will get help from the state to finance a multi-million dollar water infrastructure project. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced this week that Sennett will receive $1,781,400 through the state’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Act program. The funding will cover 60 percent of the cost of the project. The total cost is $2,969,000. In August, the Sennett town... more
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