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Brian Conn started last year struggling with the suicide of his father, trying to soothe the pain through long hours on the job, followed by too much time away from home with friends. Scott Dodson pushed through the year afraid for his life. His kidneys were failing, prospects for dialysis neared and a transplant was the only thing that could save him in the long run. …

A new principal will start working at Frontier Central High School starting in June. Daniel A. Charland, the assistant principal at Kenmore West High School, will join the Frontier district and provide some stability to the principal's office after the year saw the appointment of three acting or interim principals. Jeffrey Sortisio, who had been principal for nine ye…

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The Williamsville Central School District has locked in a busing contract through the 2023-24 school year. The School Board on Thursday approved a five-year renewal of the district's contract with Student Transportation of America. The new contract begins with the 2019-20 school year and increases are based on the consumer price index, said Thomas Maturski, assistant su…

The second SUNY Buffalo State Best Buddies Flag Football Showdown will start at 2 p.m. Sunday at Coyer Field near the Grant Street side of campus. Players will include Buffalo State students who spent part of their school year joining people with intellectual or developmental disabilities for walks, lunch, movies and other activities on or around campus. Town of Tona…

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West Seneca Central School District's music department has been designated a "Best Community for Music Education" for the second year in a row, and that's not the only accolade for West Seneca musicians. Dan Scott, a 2005 West Seneca West graduate, won a daytime Emmy award for his work on "Disney's Broadway Hits at Royal Albert Hall (Broadway HD)." The program won in th…

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It was Jan 4. and the deadline was 11 a.m. sharp to submit proposals to City Hall for what would be a very important bid – providing nurses to the students in the Buffalo Public Schools. Interest in the multimillion-dollar contract was high and 13 bids were submitted, including one from Kaleida Health, which has held the school district's nursing contract for the past 1…

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The seven candidates vying for three seats on the Williamsville Board of Education have been invited to participate in a public forum Thursday. The forum hosted by the district's PTSA Council begins at 7 p.m. in the district office boardroom, 105 Casey Road, East Amherst. Candidates will make opening statements, then respond to questions submitted by audience members. T…

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Lackawanna lawmakers met in special session Monday to award a million-dollar demolition bid for New Lincoln Elementary School, a monster structure that anchored Lackawanna's First Ward for more than 90 years. The $1,277,560 bid was awarded to Empire Dismantling Corp. to demolish the three-story, 51,000-square-foot structure at 100 Dona St. that became a magnet for vanda…

The union representing the Williamsville Central School District's teachers has endorsed two incumbents and a newcomer for three seats on the School Board. The Williamsville Teachers' Association Monday announced its endorsements of current board members Shawn P. Lemay and Mark Mecca, as well as Eric Borenstein, a retired performing arts executive who ran symphony orche…

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The Buffalo school district will spend up to $90,000 to hire an “independent monitor” to help turn around one of the city’s most struggling schools. Yvonne Minor-Ragan, an educational consultant and former principal at Westminster Community Charter School, will take on that new role at BUILD Academy, where the state has stepped in after years of poor academic performanc…

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The University at Buffalo will try to raise $650 million in a campaign that would be the largest in the history of UB and of the State University of New York system. UB President Satish K. Tripathi announced the goal Monday. The university already has secured $451 million in gifts through a quiet phase of the campaign. University officials are calling the effort "Bol…

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Legislation that would stop requiring schools to use state tests for evaluating teachers was introduced this week, and arguably the largest ovation came in Buffalo. That’s where the bill was read to hundreds of teachers from across the state in town this weekend for its annual convention of union delegates and presidents. “It was just a moment of elation,” said Andy …

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Four former educators may have engaged inappropriately and sexually with high school students at the Park School in the 1970s and '80s, the school said Friday. The private school's board of trustees said an investigation is under way. Two of the educators are dead and the others are believed to have left the profession, the trustees said. School officials indicated t…

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A University at Buffalo student who completed suicide as he and his family struggled to get adequate help for his schizophrenia inspired the region’s first Mental Health Awareness Informational Fair and Flash Mob. "He ended up in a group home the night before he died, had some issues and asked to stay, but the staff told him he had to go. Within five minutes, he jumped …

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A math teacher at Lancaster Central High School was recently placed on leave and his personal belongings were removed from his desk, according to numerous sources within the school. The unexplained and abrupt departure last week of John J. Janicki, a tenured employee in the school district, left colleagues and students speculating as to what happened. A substitute te…