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June 12, 1946 - Nov. 14, 2017 Margaret A. Ryan wore high heels every day of her 32-year career as a teacher, principal and acting superintendent at Alden Central Schools. And when she was principal at Alden Primary School, when everyone in the school brought in 100 items to mark the 100th day of school, she brought 100 pairs of her shoes. "She loved high heels," s…

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The State Education Department last month ordered an outside takeover of Buffalo's B.U.I.L.D. Academy and gave the school district a choice: Either find someone who can turn around the school on Fougeron Street after years of poor performance, or the state will appoint someone to do it. But here's the problem: The state can't find anyone who wants the job. That's …

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The doors at Hamlin Park Academy are open more than ever. Kids will stay until nearly 6 p.m. weekdays to participate in any number of after-school activities, from basketball to STEM programs to  arts and crafts. And now, there's more funding to expand such after-school programming, not only at Hamlin Park, but at three dozen locations around the Buffalo Niagara …

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Niagara University announced Thursday that it will work with developers on a plan to renovate abandoned houses in an area bounded by Pine Avenue and Fourth, Eighth and Niagara streets. Patricia Wrobel, executive director of the university's Rev. Joseph L. Levesque Institute for Civic Engagement, said she plans a January "summit" with developers to make plans to upgrad…

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It's not too early for high school students and non-professional young adults to think about entering the mechanics competition at the Western New York Farm Show in February. The event challenges youth to complete a course made up of various tasks that could include bolt identification, hydraulics, machining, automobile inspection, welding, torque, tractor part identifi…

Four fifth-grade students from Windermere Elementary School in the Amherst School District raised over $500 for the American Red Cross general disaster relief fund by participating in a "readathon." Three students from Heather Rogers’ class and one student from Sara Mazurek’s class combined to read over 40 books in four weeks. The students received pledges from family…

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The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District saw a precipitous drop in its fund balance, from $50 million in 2009 to about $25 million in the following five years, but Assistant Finance Director John J. Brucato told the School Board on Tuesday that their nest egg is getting bigger. Brucato presented his forecast on finances for the 2018-19 budget to the School Board on…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is expected to make an education announcement this morning at a Buffalo school. Cuomo is scheduled to be at Hamlin Park Claude and Ouida Clapp Academy on Donaldson Road, a pre-K through grade eight public school, at 10 a.m. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is also expected to be at the announcement.    

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Buffalo Peacemakers may end up playing a more formal role with the Buffalo Public Schools. The anti-violence and gang-intervention group had a "very promising" meeting Nov. 9 with Superintendent Kriner Cash after last month's School Board meeting when the group sought $35,000 in funding to help provide safe passage for students, said Pastor James Giles, group organ…

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Who hasn't used their smartphone at work to send a text, scroll through emails or search the internet? Well, no more if you're a member of the Buffalo Board of Education. The board passed a policy Wednesday that says School Board members and executive-level staff will "refrain from using electronic communication devices during meetings." The issue was raised awhil…

Any education-related issue may be brought up Saturday morning during a community forum hosted by the Williamsville Central School District. School Board members and Superintendent Scott Martzloff will be on hand from 9 a.m. until noon at the Commons in Williamsville East High School, 151 Paradise Road, East Amherst. The forum is described as a "townhall style meetin…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will conduct a special holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Hilbert College's William E. Swan Auditorium. The concert will be conducted by BPO resident conductor Stefan Sanders. This year marks the BPO's 10th annual performance at the Swan Auditorium. A limited number of tickets are available for the public. Tickets are $35 for…

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Moving intricate biomedical science research labs to University at Buffalo's new downtown medical school ranks high as one of the biggest challenges to getting everything up and running at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. It's all part of the move to the new $375 million medical school opening soon on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The firs…

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Parent facilitators are officially back at work in the Buffalo Public Schools — but under a new job title. The facilitators — who serve as a bridge between parents and staff in each of the schools — were eliminated in September after the district was cited by the Internal Revenue Service for how it was paying them. After some pushback from parents, the district…