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Erie County Legislator John J. Mills has raised more than$13,000 for the Concord Public Library with his hot dog roast fundraisers over the past 11 years. This year's event in July brought in  $1,485. Mills presented the 2017 donation to Library Director Bridgette Heintz and Library Board Trustee Kara Kane. "We raised $180 more this year than in 2016! It is the best…

Sorry, kids. If you attend Buffalo Public Schools, you’re in for a longer school day. The extra 25 minutes that will be tacked onto the end of the day this year is part of the new contract between the school district and its teacher’s union, bringing what has traditionally been one of the shorter school days – 6 hours and 50 minutes – up to 7 hours and 15 min…

The Starpoint Central School District will host a substitute teacher job recruiting fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 23 in the high school library, 4363 Mapleton Road, Pendleton. Personnel Director Patricia L. Brzezinski said that applicants must possess any bachelor's degree or be a current candidate in an education program at a university or college. Applicants mus…

Taxes will go down for most Hamburg Central School District taxpayers. This is the second year the district has had a negative tax levy, which meant the levy cannot go over $34.94 million, which is about 1 percent lower than last year. Board members have set the tax levy and rates which include: Hamburg, $35.36 per $1,000 of assessed value, down 96 cents or 2.63 perc…

West Seneca Central School District taxpayers will see a slight increase when tax bills are delivered next month. The School Board this week set the levy and tax rates, which are going up. The $59.87 million levy is up 1.58 percent. Tax rates for property owners are: West Seneca, $43.56, up 40 cents or 0.9 percent; Cheektowaga, $17.42, up 16 cents or 0.92 percent; …

Frontier School Board members will be interviewing potential interim superintendent candidates during a special meeting Thursday. Board members hired Erie 1 BOCES Superintendent Lynn Fusco Tuesday to conduct the search for a permanent superintendent, and Fusco also is helping with the search for an interim superintendent. Fusco will work with no compensation, and the…

Some high school seniors fret all year over one number – their class rank. It's a statistic that can be considered during the college admissions process. But the Williamsville School Board is considering eliminating class rank, starting with the district's incoming high school students. The proposal follows a nationwide trend toward ending calculation of class rank…

The latest battle between Buffalo Public Schools and its teachers union could throw a wrench into the start of school just four weeks away. The Buffalo Teachers Federation sued the district for unilaterally changing the start times at three schools, leading to a judge's order last week that no changes be made until the matter goes before the state education commissioner…

Veterans living in the Frontier Central School District could see their taxes go down 18 percent if the School Board adopts one type of property tax exemption. Under that scenario, school taxes for other property owners would go up 2 percent. Nancy Snyder of Erie County Real Property Tax Services detailed the program for the board, which is considering the veterans e…

A new elementary school and multi-use athletic facility for Tapestry Charter School is expected to be completed a year from now, by August 2018, school officials said during a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning. Tapestry is financing the $17.2 million project by issuing tax-exempt bonds through an affiliate of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency. Those b…

James A. Snyder, the principal of a City of Lockport school, remains on paid administrative leave despite his acquittal on child endangerment charges six months ago. "Mr. Snyder still has his job. He's still the principal of North Park Junior High School. He's just on administrative leave," Lockport School Superintendent Michelle T. Bradley said. Snyder's annual sal…

You may have noticed people knocking on doors in Buffalo this summer to spread the word about the city's new community schools. The outreach continues a big push that began last year to open 13 Buffalo schools after hours so kids, parents and the entire neighborhood could take a computer course, enjoy a cooking class, learn African history, swim, garden or sit down toge…

Tax rates in the Williamsville Central School District have decreased as a result of Amherst's townwide reassessment, officials said. The total assessed value of all properties in the district increased by 6.88 percent, allowing the $120.4 million tax levy for 2017-18 to be distributed across a wider base. Even so, a property owner's school tax bill may increase, dec…

The boys stepped off the bus and into the cheering crowd that awaited them. One by one, they waded in between the two long rows of men who welcomed them with handshakes, hugs and hollers, as if they were a sports team running out of the tunnel onto the field. Instead, Monday's celebration at McKinley High School was for the launching of "My Brother's Keeper," a new…