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The Williamsville Central School District is poised to eliminate class rank for 10th and 11th graders, five months after the district made the change for students in all of its younger classes. The School Board is set to decide on the matter at its March 13 meeting. Board members this week agreed to hold the vote after reviewing the results of a recently completed di…

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City Honors School students staged a walkout Friday afternoon in protest over the Buffalo school district's plan to cut a half-dozen teachers at the school on East North Street. Roughly 85 students at City Honors, a grade five to 12 school with more than 1,000 students, walked out of the building just after 1 p.m. Friday, the last day before next week's February break. …

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Forgive Jessica Pirro the fact that she hasn’t decorated her office walls since Crisis Services made a big move last November from North Buffalo into more spacious surroundings in Riverside. Like many her agency serves, the chief executive officer had a challenging 2017. Pirro needed to lean on others during the move while she battled triple negative breast cancer, G…

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Reported or rumored threats of violence roiled four area school districts on Thursday, one day after a teenager shot and killed 17 people at a high school in Florida. Officials found no merit to the reports in the Buffalo, Williamsville, Frontier and Lake Shore school districts. Evans police will have a presence on Lake Shore High School's campus on Friday, the schoo…

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The LPCiminelli construction firm won a big courtroom victory Thursday as a state judge dismissed two breach-of-contract claims from a lawsuit over the company's profits on the $1.3 billion Buffalo Schools renovation and construction project. Supreme Court Judge Deborah A. Chimes directed the city school district to pay LPCiminelli nearly $3.2 million – plus interest – …

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Attorneys for the Buffalo Public Schools and its teachers union met in judge's chambers Thursday over the district plan to cut teachers at City Honors School, but emerged no closer to resolving their dispute. The Buffalo Teacher Federation wants State Supreme Court Justice John F. O'Donnell to block the transfer of 5.5 teaching positions so a mediator can help settle th…

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If you're thinking of running for a seat on your local school board, a workshop is coming that will let you know what the job entails and give you some perspectives on campaigns. The Erie County Association of School Boards will present the seminar for prospective school board candidates from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 3 in Erie 1 BOCES, 355 Harlem Road, West Seneca.…

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Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo has a message for those who are struggling with mental illness or thoughts of suicide. Tell someone. The Sabres assistant captain has added his voice to the JustTellOne.org project, started 16 months ago by mental health and substance abuse prevention leaders across Western New York to let those struggling with mental illness know t…

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Mitzie Serafin, the district clerk for the Williamsville Central School District for 24 years, is retiring next month. Serafin on Tuesday attended her final School Board meeting, where district employees and board members past and present lauded Serafin for her attention to detail, knowledge of school policies, words of encouragement – and enforcement of the rule requir…

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The battle over teacher cuts at City Honors School continued on two fronts Wednesday. On one end, the Buffalo Teachers Federation obtained a temporary restraining order to prevent the Buffalo Public Schools from removing six teachers from City Honors until a judge can hear the case. That's scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Thursday. On the other end, City Honors parents trekke…

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Fallout from texting, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media is to blame for several fights and altercations at Frontier Central High School, administrators told the School Board Tuesday night. And some parents are to blame for spreading misinformation over social media, School Board President Janet MacGregor Plarr said. "I have to ask the parents, instead of spr…

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Veteran school bus driver Diane M. Nelson, who pleaded guilty to driving a bus full of children while under the influence of alcohol and her hydrocodone prescription, was placed on three years' probation Tuesday by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. Nelson, 59, of Niagara Street, Lockport, drove 32 children on a field trip to a Lockport bowling alley Nov. …

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The tax levy would rise by 2.24 percent – just under the state cap of 2.26 percent – under the draft 2018-19 budget for the Williamsville Central School District. The draft budget would increase spending by 3 percent from the current school year but district officials still must close a $1.3 million deficit. School Board members and district officials reviewed the dr…

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Oracle Charter School, a high school in Buffalo with more than 300 kids, will close its doors at the end of the school year in June after the state denied renewal of its charter. That tough decision came down Tuesday from the State University of New York, which authorizes charter schools and cited poor academic performance as the reason for ending Oracle’s 13-year run. …

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There’s been a nice, long period of noticeable calm between Buffalo schools and their teachers, a stretch that goes back as far as the fall of 2016 after the two sides reached a new contract. But over the past few weeks, labor peace has gone out the window. Whether it’s over student discipline, new school leadership or the duties of teachers at City Honors School, th…