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Banners posted on fences and parked school buses scream out for help: "School Bus Drivers Wanted." The nationwide shortage of bus drivers is being felt in Western New York. Before children get excited that there might not be enough staff to drive them to school, as has happened in some parts of the country, local districts are not reporting consequences that dire. …

It took degrees, two student teaching gigs and two years of substitute teaching for Paige Rockwood to land her first teaching job. Rockwood, 23, grew up on Grand Island and attended schools in the district where she will co-teach with Casey Steck-Comeau, an 18-year-teaching veteran, at William Kaegebein Elementary School. She rose to the top during a hiring process t…

The West Seneca School Board appointed Erie 1 BOCES Superintendent Lynn Fusco to lead its search for a new superintendent. There is a survey for district residents on the district's website until Sept. 13, and there will be an opportunity for community members to offer comments on the search, according to a letter to the community from board President Carol Jarczyk. …

About 20 people account for most of the criminal gunfire in Niagara Falls. That's the conclusion of two Niagara University researchers who analyzed and mapped police incident reports. Criminal justice professors Timothy Lauger and Craig Rivera noted 650 people were identified in Falls police reports over five years, from 2010 to 2015, as having some association wi…

Nearly 85 percent of parents in Western New York believe their children should regularly be involved in sports, yet only 16 percent of school-aged kids in the region get the hour of daily physical activity recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disparity is among the more striking findings in a "State of Play" report issued this summ…

Alexandria Fazio and Nick Schielke are determined this school year to be among Depew High School students who meet daily recommended physical fitness guidelines. "I want to be healthier," said Schielke, who hopes to make the varsity football team as a lineman this fall and looks to spend as much time as his schedule allows in the new 4,000-square-foot high school fitnes…

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has determined that Buffalo Superintendent Kriner Cash acted within his authority in changing the start and end times at three schools in receivership: D’Youville Porter Campus School,  Dr. Charles R. Drew Science Magnet School and Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence. The state receivership law gives superintendents br…

Supporters of traditional public schools have long claimed that charter schools, as a whole, perform no better, having the same distribution of lousy, average and good schools as traditional districts. But last week’s state test results indicate that may not be the case. Local charter school scores, in fact, averaged 9 points better in English and 10 points better in m…

Frontier Central School Board members hope to have a new superintendent in place by late January. The board is seeking input from the community on the qualities and specifications for the successful candidate through an online survey and two meetings, board President Janet MacGregor Plarr said in a letter to the community. Erie 1 BOCES Superintendent Lynn Fusco and …

If this were the Onion, we'd start this news brief with something like, "Gullible people plan mass protest at Onion editor's lecture at Daemen." But since it isn't, we'll just tell you the founder and longest-serving editor-in-chief of the satirical online news publication will speak Sept. 7 at Daemen College. Scott Dikkers will give a presentation, "The Funny Story…

Valentino Shine Jr. was a senior at Medaille College when his oldest son was born. He remembers taking him to some of his classes a decade ago, but knows a decision he made when both his sons were 3 years old has been key to their early academic success. He and his wife, Tasia, enrolled Valentino III, now 10, and Jackson, 6, in the Parent-Child Home Program. The family …

Hamburg Central was the only school district in the state to lose aid because it did not have a teacher evaluation plan in place by the deadline in 2013. But the last of the aid that was withheld will be fully restored this year. The district expects to receive $241,000 in state “bullet aid” through the efforts of Assemblyman Sean Ryan’s office. 'That was all d…

Several hundred students at SUNY Buffalo State are experiencing a different level of living as they return this month and take up residence in a new off-campus apartment complex just steps away from college grounds. More than 250 upper-class students moved into Campus Walk last week, as the 318-bed facility on Grant Street welcomed its first occupants. Others are a…

C. Douglas Whelan will join the Frontier Central School District as interim superintendent starting Monday. The former Starpoint Central superintendent will take over the top spot because Superintendent Bret Apthorpe is leaving to lead Jamestown City Schools Sept. 1. Whelan is the longest serving superintendent in the Starpoint district, stepping down in June, 2016 a…

D’Youville College students who one day will head into a variety of jobs in health care already intermingle in classroom settings, but the school plans to open a new Interprofessional Educational Center in the 2018-19 school year to spur even more interactivity. Daemen College over the last several years has integrated several health-related programs, including health…