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The Grand Island School Business Alliance (GISBA) will hold a golf outing to raise money for scholarships, field trips and internships for Grand Island High School students. The GISBA tournament will be held on Aug. 21 at River Oaks Golf Club. Last year the golf outing raised $20,000 to support programs at the school. Registration forms are on the district website at gr…

Less than a year since the two sides worked out a new contract to end a 12-year impasse, the Buffalo Public Schools and its teachers union are back at it — this time over what time kids have to go to class and what they do when they are there. The district and the Buffalo Teachers Federation, as part of the teachers contract settled last year, agreed to tack on an ad…

Julie Gajewski, former assistant principal for K-5 in the Hamburg Central School District, will serve as principal at St. Gregory the Great School in Amherst, the school announced. While working in Hamburg, Gajewski developed and implemented a positive behavior program, and coordinated the Peer Helper and Student Safety Patrol. Before Hamburg, Gajewski served as pri…

When Chelsea Ellis began making plans for a trip across the world to Nepal, the Buffalo teacher didn't just consult travel guides. She went to her students at school who had grown up in refugee camps there. She gave them copies of a map of the South Asian country and asked them to label where they had lived and where they thought she should visit. One student, Prakr…

A middle school science teacher in the Williamsville Central School District is one of 10 teachers nationwide chosen to help promote the STEM curriculum of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Kenneth L. Huff, a teacher at Mill Middle School, was named this week to serve as a 2017 STEM Teacher Ambassador. The program aims to train the teachers in communicat…

West Seneca will be starting its search for a new school superintendent — again. But finding a superintendent is something most members said they want to discuss, and the school board has been split on some major issues. Superintendent Mark Crawford announced in November 2016 that he was retiring, and he left the district April 28. The board hired a search consulta…

A global expert on climate change and a TV icon are among the highlights of the 31st annual University at Buffalo Distinguished Speakers Series, which was announced Tuesday. Photographer James Balog, founder in 2007 of the Extreme Ice Survey, will appear April 12 in Alumni Arena on UB's North Campus in Amherst. His appearance is sponsored by UB College of Arts & Sc…

Christie Nawojski failed two nursing classes at Trocaire College. No one disputes that. She flunked the first in 2014. That happened before a psychologist diagnosed her with a reading disorder. For the two semesters after that, with special accommodations, she passed all her classes. But then she failed again. And that got her kicked out of the private Catholic colle…

Parking at the University at Buffalo's South Campus will be limited Wednesday due to an emergency response exercise. Spaces at the faculty and staff parking lots adjacent to Diefendorf and Clark halls will be limited from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. due to the exercise that will be conducted around Clark. Approximately 250 spaces in the Diefendorf lot and 20 faculty and staff s…

Frontier Central School Board members will talk about finding an interim superintendent during a special meeting Tuesday. "The interim is more important right now than the search, because we need to know somebody is steering the ship come Sept. 1," Board President Janet MacGregor Plarr said. Frontier Superintendent Bret Apthorpe is leaving to head Jamestown Public Sc…

Kids call it summer vacation. Educators think of it as the Summer Slide – that phenomenon when the knowledge students gained during the school year starts getting lost during two months off. Summer learning loss is in peak season, and efforts to fight it are in full swing, too. That includes the summer “camps” that kicked off last week in Buffalo, providing …

The Erie 1 BOCES Board has extended the contract of Superintendent Lynn M. Fusco for two more years. Her contract, which was to expire in 2018, was extended to 2020. Board President John Sherman attributed the unanimous vote last week on the measure to Fusco's work. “We’ve seen an increase in activity with component school districts and other organizations…

A former teacher's religious free speech suit against the Cheektowaga Central School District is over. The U.S. Supreme Court recently denied Joelle Silver's petition appealing two lower court decisions that dismissed her suit over the removal of religious items from her classroom. Silver, with the help of the American Freedom Law Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., accused…

A longtime school administrator in Williamsville will lead Bishop Timon–St. Jude High School during the next school year. Linda L. Cimusz has been named interim principal at the boys Catholic high school on McKinley Parkway for the 2017-18 academic year. Cimusz was appointed chief academic officer in Buffalo during the 2014-15 school year, before leaving for Ro…