Members of the Buffalo School Board who held a secret meeting this week say the law allowed them to seek legal advice outside of the public eye. Seven board members held that meeting Tuesday without telling two other board members - Larry Quinn and Carl P. Paladino - or the public when they paid for legal advice on how to oust Paladino. At the regular board meeting W…

A majority of Buffalo School Board members met in a secret meeting Tuesday to discuss getting Carl P. Paladino removed from office – while excluding two of their colleagues. Then on Wednesday, during an already raucous meeting, Superintendent Kriner Cash made his first public comments since the controversy started last month, saying Paladino's behavior warrants "cons…

A majority of Buffalo School Board members met in a secret meeting on Tuesday to discuss their course of action for getting Carl P. Paladino removed from the board. All  board members – except for Paladino and his ally Larry Quinn – were invited and attended the meeting. No public notice of the meeting was made. Quinn says that his colleagues' actions denied …

 The girls race back and forth across the gymnasium, kicking the soccer ball to each other. In a classroom on another floor, a group of students prepares traditional African sambusas, a type of pastry. Meanwhile, other students practice English or prepare for college entrance exams while their parents learn about financial literacy and health care. All of this in thre…

The $13.6 million increase in state aid that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposed for the Buffalo Public Schools in his 2017 budget will come in handy. But as of right now, district leaders are not exactly sure how the money will be used. And Buffalo is still waiting on approximately $91 million the district is owed from a 2006 court ruling targeting high needs district. But af…

The West Seneca Central School District has reduced its staff by 270 over five years. The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District closed three schools to start this school year. Officials at the two suburban districts in Erie County that receive the most state aid say they're doing their part to trim costs, hold the line on taxes and preserve programming for student…

Eita Nanda, a Kenmore West 11th grade student, has won first place in the grade 9 to 12 division of the  Healthy Choices Art and Poetry Contest. The contest was sponsored by Western New York United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse. She was recently honored, along with other award winners, parents and educators, at an event at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Students were…

In his first public statements since Carl P. Paladino made racist and inflammatory comments about the Obamas, Buffalo Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash said there must be consequences for his behavior. In a rare move, Cash allowed Paladino to respond to speakers who turned out to condemn the remarks that were published last month in Artvoice. Board members do not usual…

A one-story brick building and almost one acre of land near the entrance to Niagara Falls State Park has been donated to Niagara County Community College Foundation, NCCC  President James P. Klyczek announced Tuesday. The Cordish Companies, which is based in Baltimore, donated the property at 333 Prospect St. in Niagara Falls to the college. The parcel includes a …

The Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization is hosting "Crossing the Border: A Discussion on Race and the Presidential Election" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at East High School, 820 Northampton St. A panel of students and teachers will discuss race, the recent presidential election and the recent controversy involving Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino. Others participati…

Those leading the push to have Carl P. Paladino removed from the Buffalo School Board have a message for elected officials across the region. "This coalition will examine closely those who are with us and those who stand with racism," said the Rev. George Nicholas of the Concerned Clergy Coalition during a rally on Monday. "They must stand with us today in asking for th…

LEWISTON - Bernice A. King, the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., will present the keynote address Jan. 31 during Niagara University's annual celebration of her father's life and work. Bernice King is the CEO of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. Her speech is set for 5 p.m. in the Castellani Art Museum on the Niagara campus. "Dr. Ki…

This year will be pivotal for the future of the superintendent in the area’s largest suburban school district. Scott G. Martzloff is in his sixth year as superintendent at Williamsville Central Schools, and there are signs that could make any chief executive nervous: The feud between him and the Williamsville Teachers Association shows no signs of letting up, and n…

An attorney hired to file a formal petition for Carl Paladino’s removal from the Buffalo Board of Education said he will provide his legal opinion and recommendations to the board for a possible vote next week. Frank W. Miller, an attorney from the Syracuse area, said he has finished reviewing the case since being hired by the board last week, although Miller would no…

Erie Community College students returning to classes from winter break Tuesday will certainly notice the $4 million addition to Bretschger Hall on the North Campus in Amherst. The addition, completed after two years of construction, is everything the rest of the campus is not: sleek, modern and ultra clean. It is outfitted with the kind of state-of-the-art equipment usu…