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First period at Bennett High School was interrupted Monday by a rock concert. At least it started out that way. The Nashville-based, Kansas-bred band GOODING rocked the high school’s auditorium for four or five songs before the band’s lead singer and namesake turned teacher and gave the howling crowd of students a lesson on a subject they don’t often hear abou…

First period at Bennett High School was interrupted Monday by a rock concert. At least it started out that way. The Nashville-based, Kansas-bred band GOODING rocked the high school’s auditorium for four or five songs before the band’s lead singer and namesake turned teacher and gave the howling crowd of students a lesson on a subject they don’t often hear abou…

A middle school student made a threat against Grand Island's Connor Middle School on social media on Monday morning, according to a statement from the school district. School officials and police were notified of the threat at 6:45 a.m. by a parent whose child saw the post on Snapchat, School Superintendent Brian Graham said. Authorities declined to specify what th…

Forget dumpster diving. Students from two schools will instead participate in a dumpster mural design contest to celebrate Earth Day at the Fashion Outlets Mall in Niagara Falls. Students from Charter Middle School for Applied Technologies in Buffalo and Tonawanda High School will create designs to demonstrate their vision of Earth Day and the design will be displayed o…

A discussion on upcoming school budgets has been added to the "Leaders of Western New York" luncheon series on Friday in Hamburg. Hamburg Superintendent Michael Cornell and Frontier Superintendent Bret Apthorpe will talk about their school district budgets that will come up for a vote May 16. They will be followed by state Sen. Christopher Jacobs, R-Buffalo, who will gi…

West Seneca Central School District will pay Interim Superintendent Whitney K. Vantine $750 a day, which works out to an annual salary of $195,000 a year. The district released the contract for its new interim superintendent two days after School Board President Kate Newton refused to tell The Buffalo News how much Vantine would be paid. After the board appointed Vantin…

The Park School of Buffalo delayed the start of construction on its new science center because administrators needed to change the location of the building and to raise more money. But the private institution in Amherst now hopes to begin work on the $3.1 million building this summer. And school officials say the project includes a recently added feature – a recircul…

The Tonawanda City Schools Board of Education unanimously adopted Tuesday a proposed $33.7 million budget for 2017-18 which includes a tax increase but stays under the state mandated tax cap. The budget proposes an increase of 3.19 percent in the tax levy, from $11.4 million to $11.8 million, which would result in a tax hike of $51.40 per year for an average $92,000 hom…

Going into the budget season, Buffalo school leaders had two options to prevent a budget crisis – find more money or make cuts. The first option isn't panning out as they hoped, with funding increases from the city and state falling $33 million short of what Superintendent Kriner Cash wanted. And some School Board members say it's unrealistic to think those entities w…

Protesters once again interrupted the monthly meeting of the Buffalo School Board, saying they will continue to disrupt proceedings until Carl P. Paladino is removed from his elected position for making racially charged comments. The disruption at Wednesday's meeting was the third in as many months when protesters stood up in the middle of the meeting and chanted. They …

There are seven candidates for three seats on the Williamsville School Board, and none of the candidates is an incumbent. Patricia Losito, Michael Schmidt and Ronald Shubert are not seeking re-election to the nine-member board. Petitions were due Monday. The seven candidates are: Julie Algubani, a paralegal for Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo. Shonda L. Brock, a …

The Williamsville Central School District is seeking nominations for its Wall of Fame honoring graduates for extraordinary achievements in career and public service. The deadline for nominations is May 1. To be eligible, candidates must have graduated at least 10 years ago from Williamsville South, North, or East high school, or be a graduate of the original Williamsvil…

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has made the rare decision to hold an in-person, public hearing to decide whether Carl P. Paladino can remain on the Buffalo School Board. Elia's decision comes nearly four months after Paladino's racially charged comments about former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama elicited intense public calls…

Voters will be asked to approve a tax increase in the Tonawanda City School District election on May 16, although an increase in state aid will help keep the district's budget under the state tax cap. The Tonawanda School Board plans Tuesday night to adopt a final proposed budget that, if approved by the public, will raise the tax levy by 3.19 percent, an increase of $5…

What if the state audits a payroll and finds no payments that raise alarms? In the case of the Eden Central School District, auditors from the state comptroller's office said school employees were paid properly, but still suggested the district update its internal controls. An audit to see if the district accurately paid salaries and wages from July 1, 2015 to Dec. 6…

The room at the end of a hall in East High School looks like any classroom for kids. Green, yellow, blue and red triangular banners make the light blue walls appear even brighter. Blue cutout letters spell WELCOME and inspirational posters are affixed to the windows: "Set your goal and focus on it." "You begin to achieve when you begin to believe." "If you’re not afraid…