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There are openings for two members on the Tonawanda City School District's Board of Education. The election for school board seats and the budget vote will be held on May 16. Terms are for three-years and elected members will served from from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020. Board member application packets are available in the Tonawanda City School District Board of E…

Erie Community College marked a construction milestone this week with a "topping-off" ceremony for its new science and technology building on the North Campus in Amherst. Crews have completed the steel structure for the $30 million, 57,000-square-foot building, which is going up along Youngs Road and will complete a quadrangle on the North Campus that includes Gleasner …

The dark and dismal dystopian future in Andrew Edwards' first book, "Dream of Utopia," is the opposite of the bright future one might predict for a high school senior celebrating the publication of his first book. Andrew, a 17-year-old Kenmore East High School student, calls himself "kind of a Luddite" because he wrote his story by hand on paper instead of using a compu…

  Veterans want Frontier Central School Board members to let residents vote this May on whether the district should offer a veterans tax exemption. "Us guys have been around for a while," said Peter Bunting, 68, a member of the Town of Hamburg's Veterans Committee, told the School Board at its meeting Tuesday night. "We have paid our dues with our children goin…

They lined the walls of the auditorium – all men, all dressed in black, most of them African-American – bringing a simple message for the boys of this Buffalo high school: We’re here for you – all 101 of us. "This school has been written off by a lot of people," the Rev. Gene Coplin Jr. said, as he addressed the boys, "but we say, ‘We need you.’ " "You are o…

Last week, state officials rushed to the defense of transgender students. This week, it's students who are immigrants. The offices of the State Education Department and Attorney General sent a letter advising districts about their duty to uphold the rights of immigrant children to attend public school in New York, now that both agencies have begun fielding questions …

Parents and activists across the country have rallied around Kiarre Harris, the Buffalo mother who says her children were taken from her because she started home schooling them. But court records and interviews with experts familiar with Child Protective Services cases suggest there could be more to the situation. Although Harris and her supporters remain focused on …

Colvin Cleaners is looking for several thousand prom gowns to be donated for teenagers attending proms this year. The 12th annual Gowns for Prom campaign kicked off Friday. The project provides gowns free of charge to young ladies from high schools throughout Western New York who could not otherwise afford a gown. Gowns can be donated from Monday through March 31 at …

The first time Jaden Jeswald won a scholarship to attend Rushford Environmental Education Camp, she was in sixth grade. Fast forward six years, and she will be going to the camp again this summer on a scholarship. When she was in sixth grade, the only thing the Blasdell girl knew about the camp run through the state Department of Environmental Conservation was that i…

Candidate packets are available for anyone interested in running for the Williamsville Board of Education. Qualified candidates must be able to read and write; be a citizen of the United States; be at least 18 years of age; and be a resident of the school district for at least one year prior to the election. The School Board election will be held with the annual distric…

Artwork from students of the Cheektowaga Central School District will be on display at Cheektowaga Town Hall and Senior Center during the months of February, March and April. “I wanted to do something that would involve the many talented students and children of our town, as well as something that would encourage families to visit Cheektowaga Town Hall to see what is …

President Trump’s executive order to rescind the bathroom policy for transgender students punts the controversial decision back into the hands of the states. And New York is doubling down. The state’s attorney general and education commissioner objected on Thursday to the president’s latest executive order and reminded school districts they are obligated by sta…

Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. has reached an agreement in principle to buy a 15-acre parcel owned by the Williamsville Central School District that will allow Ciminelli to build a second access road into its proposed Muir Woods development. Ciminelli has secured an option to purchase the land at 520 Campbell Blvd., between North French and Dodge roads, company spokeswoma…