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Amherst police have a greater presence at Williamsville South High School this week after a student "made a possible threat to the school," Williamsville School District officials said. School officials learned last week about something "supposedly to occur sometime this week," Williamsville South principal Keith Boardman said in an email message to parents sent on Mond…

The newest project headed for the downtown area isn't office space, retail or apartments. It's a high school. Buffalo Public Schools will publicly air proposals for a second Emerson School of Hospitality during a special meeting on Wednesday. The success of Emerson on West Chippewa Street - known publicly for its popular student-run restaurant - prompted the schoo…

A young person fell or jumped from a second-story window at a Lockport school and was transported by Mercy Flight to a hospital in Buffalo, City of Lockport Police Chief Michael F. Niethe confirmed on Monday. Lockport City School District officials issued a statement Monday afternoon stating that Emmet Belknap Intermediate School had "activated a hold-in place as a resu…

Myadah Kalia, 22, of Syracuse had her eyes on Zambia, where she will travel with the Peace Corps in two weeks to jump-start her career in public health. Matthew Glosek, 21, of Buffalo hopes to work as a neurosurgeon, so next year he will begin studies for his master's degree in anatomical sciences. Shabir Mustehsan, 22, formerly of Amherst, graduated in December wit…

The picture seemed to explode into life on Facebook. It appeared in the Utica Observer-Dispatch, and it showed "Mr. Utica College" front and center on the stage, on graduation day. His arms were in the air, thrown up with spontaneous passion, cap in one hand while the young man’s face was eclipsed by utter joy. If you wanted the definition of education as triumph, the…

More than half of upstate New Yorkers believe that people show concern and caring for those with mental illness, although many with mental health issues don’t sense that this is the case, according to a new Univera Healthcare report. The Western New York insurer used self-reported survey data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, and fou…

When the pictures of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Bill Gates appeared on screen during the workshop, the young men immediately recognized them. The images of Benjamin Banneker, Henry Sampson and Lonnie Johnson? Not so much. None of the students of color at last weekend’s Boys to Men Youth Empowerment Conference recognized any of the highly accomplished black…

The Buffalo Board of Education on Wednesday passed an $894.2 million budget for the 2017-18 school year. A few of the budget's highlights: The district's budget is up 4.8 percent from last year. The increase is driven largely by a rise in tuition to charter schools; increases in teacher salaries related to the new Buffalo Teachers Federation contract; and the su…

ALBANY -- A group pushing for the removal of Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino took their case Wednesday to Albany, holding a small rally near the office of the state official with the authority to oust or keep Paladino. “He’s the distraction. He’s the disruption. He needs to be removed,’’ Whitney Crispell, a member of Showing Up for Racial Justice, sa…

One of the two women "endorsed" in a racist flyer mailed to residents won election Tuesday to the Lewiston-Porter School Board. Both candidates for School Board vehemently disavowed the flyer, and the school district also condemned the campaign mailer urging voters to "Keep Lew-Port white." All the candidates in the race are white. The winners in that race are incumb…

Matt D. Poole of West Seneca knew exactly what he would do if he was elected to the West Seneca School Board. He said the district needs to see where "every penny is being spent and determine if it is being spent wisely." And he knew one of the most important decisions the new board will make is hiring a new superintendent. He also is opposed to the Common Core and beli…

School budgets gained overwhelming approval throughout New York State Tuesday, as well as in the Buffalo Niagara region. According to the New York State School Boards Association, statewide: 99.4 percent of all budgets passed; one is too close to call. 99.9 percent of budgets staying within the tax cap passed. Three of 13 budgets above the tax cap that needed…

Voters approved every school district budget in Erie and Niagara counties Tuesday in an election that saw the power of teacher union endorsements continue to be strong across the region. Three budgets needing the supermajority to pass got over the 60 percent mark: In East Aurora, Maryvale and Niagara Falls. [View results from Tuesday's school elections in Erie and Ni…

More than $3 billion and 84 elected positions are at stake during Tuesday's school budget and board member elections in Erie and Niagara counties. And despite the high stakes, if the trend of the past few years continues, there will be fewer voters going to the polls than last year here and throughout New York State. Nearly 1 million voted in school elections through…

When Buffalo teachers finally settled their long-standing contract dispute with the school district last fall, some thought it was a signal that their battle-tested leader, Phil Rumore, would ride off into the sunset. Rumore is about to turn 75 and has led the Buffalo Teachers Federation for more than 35 years. But union elections have rolled around again and Rumore …