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Three Tonawanda High School students were injured Friday afternoon when a motorist trying to cut off another vehicle crashed into a light pole in the school's parking lot, police said. Cameron J. Shields, 16, the driver, was issued a ticket, charging him with reckless driving and having underage passengers in his vehicle while driving with a junior license, Tonawanda ci…

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Stephen and Linda Lisicki know each other so well that they can finish each other's sentences. It happens when you've been married for more than a half century. But health scares in recent years have changed the dynamics in their relationship. When Stephen needed two stents and a pacemaker last year, he and his wife were amazed that a couple of short procedures did the …

The 121st annual convention of the New York State PTA kicks off on Friday and runs through Sunday at the Niagara Falls Conference and Events Center. Nearly 400 PTA members and their colleagues in education are expected. Each year, state delegates - representing nearly 300,000 PTA members from 1,400 schools around the state - convene to set policy and discuss issues f…

Calling all parents, families and caregivers of children in the Buffalo Public Schools. The school district's new Parent Congress is inviting you to its first public forum from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at West Hertel Academy, 489 W. Hertel Ave. This first forum will highlight the beginnings of the Parent Congress and encourage increased parent and caregiver involveme…

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The Emerson School of Hospitality's annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale will run through Nov. 15. The culinary students bake hundreds of pies at the high school, at the school at 70 W. Chippewa St. Proceeds go to fund school athletics. Emerson's pie sale, an annual event for more than a decade, is just one way the students get real-world culinary experience at Emerson, whic…

The third annual WNY Children’s Book Expo will bring 40 well-known authors to Buffalo schools next month. The expo kicks off with KidsLit Week from Saturday to Nov. 10. During that time, nearly 40 internationally acclaimed authors will visit area schools, libraries, museums and cultural venues to inspire a love of books in students from Pre-K through middle school. Th…

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Buffalo started with 25 schools — nearly half the district — that were threatened by the state with an outside takeover if they didn't improve their academic performance. And fast. Two years later, only one of the 25 has come up short. The majority of city schools in receivership have shown enough progress on key performance indicators to avert an independent ta…

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One Buffalo school on a state watch list has not made enough progress and now faces a takeover by an outside entity. Build Academy, a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school on Fougeron Street, is one of the 15 Buffalo schools in receivership, but it is the only one that did not make "demonstrable" improvement, the state Education Department said Tuesday. That …

Amy J. Steiner, band director at Hutchinson Central Technical High School, has been named a national semifinalist for the 2018 Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum. The Music Educator Award recognizes educators who have made a "significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment t…

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When William J. Murabito shows up to lead a community college, something usually has already gone wrong. But he knows the first steps to take. "You go in and try to take the temperature down, and get people to start working together," said Murabito, who was named interim president of Niagara County Community College in September. NCCC is the fifth two-year colleg…

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What’s the most beautiful public high school in New York State? You guessed it - International Preparatory School on the city’s Lower West Side, better known as the former Grover Cleveland High School. At least that’s what the folks at Architectural Digest thought when they recently named I-Prep to their list of  “The Most Beautiful Public High School in E…

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The taxman has caught up with the Buffalo Public Schools. The school district had to pay $7.5 million to the Internal Revenue Service this month for unpaid payroll taxes from the past three years. The settlement was less than the roughly $21 million in employment taxes that the IRS assessed for 2014, 2015 and 2016. That figure was the result of a recent audit that ze…

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A West Seneca East High School senior has won the logo design for MOOG's Regional Rocketry Challenge competition. Kelsey Kaufman, a member of the school's Engineering Club, said her teacher suggested she submit a drawing for the new logo. “My principal and everyone was super happy. My teacher was proud,” Kelsey said. “Now we see it on the sweatshirts for the co…

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Buffalo Public Schools will formally launch its latest community school with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at North Park Middle Academy, 780 Parkside Avenue. North Park has been designated as a "community school" that will provide additional services and programs to students, families and the public on weekends and after hours. Programs will run from …

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The Buffalo School District has won another round in its legal fight with two school administrators fired for lacking state certification. In the latest ruling, U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. dismissed the breach of contract and defamation suit brought by Faith Morrison Alexander, a former chief of school leadership for the district. Last month, Geraci also …