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The LPCiminelli construction firm won a big courtroom victory Thursday as a state judge dismissed two breach-of-contract claims from a lawsuit over the company's profits on the $1.3 billion Buffalo Schools renovation and construction project. Supreme Court Judge Deborah A. Chimes directed the city school district to pay LPCiminelli nearly $3.2 million – plus interest – …

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A group of young children dressed in hard hats and safety vests gathered with school administrators Tuesday to mark the "topping-off" of construction on Tapestry Charter School's new elementary school building in North Buffalo. The children and staff watched as the final beam – signed by all the kindergarten through fifth-grade students – was raised atop the three-story…

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Two Lewiston-Porter School District employees were treated in Mount St. Mary's Hospital and released Tuesday after an accidental mixture of two chemicals in the high school's swimming pool filter room. Although students were dismissed 45 minutes early and after-school activities at the high school were canceled, Superintendent Paul Casseri said the school will be open W…

Cheektowaga

Cheektowaga Central School District kindergarten registration for new students for 2018-19 begins March 1, said Libby Maeder, district registrar. Children who turn 5 by Dec. 1, 2018, and are district residents are eligible. Registration is by appointment only. For parents whose children are attending universal pre-kindergarten, there is no need to re-register, although …

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Lackawanna sixth-graders explore the topics of pollution and responsible water usage at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The educational program "Not a Drop to Drink" will allow middle-school students to build a terrarium and tour greenhouses while they learn how to prevent pollution. On a mini-tour of the gardens, students will explore the ways plants …

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Dr. Evgeny Dyskin has learned that talent and confidence are great equalizers for trauma doctors who grew up in other countries. "If you speak with an accent, sometimes elective patients in an office setting are apprehensive," said Dyskin, who grew up and got his early medical training in Russia. "It's normal. I understand it. "Then I discovered when you see those sa…

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Trustees at Nichols School have decided to change the name of the Dann Memorial Ice Rink, where the private school's team plays hockey. The decision stems from a report issued last month on allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct by some of the school's past teachers and officials, including one of the school's former hockey coaches, the late E. Webster  Dann. Many N…

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She is by no means the only girl in her school to wear a hijab – a head scarf. But Farhiya Diriye, 16, wanted her classmates to understand why she wore one. She wanted them to know how hot it can be underneath that veil wrapped around her head or how it evoked stares when she walked into a room. So she invited them to wear one for the day. On Thursday, 46 female s…

Five Erie County high schools and one in Chautauqua County have been named Reward Schools by the state Education Department. They are among 155 schools in New York identified for the distinction, which indicates they have high academic achievement or the most progress in the state and without  significant gaps in student achievement between subgroups. Akron, Amherst,…

The Buffalo school district is asking the state for a 3.8 percent hike in basic foundation aid for next year. That's $19.4 million more than Buffalo received this school year, and about $11.5 million more than  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposed in his 2018-19 budget. Superintendent Kriner Cash made the request Wednesday during joint State Legislature budget hearings in A…

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It was a proposal, they thought, that couldn't be beat: Build a $6.6 million synthetic turf field for soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and football, as well as an eight-lane track, all for an extra $6.24 a year in taxes for the owner of a $200,000 home. But Iroquois Central voters did turn it down Jan. 10, as well as a companion proposition for a $4.43 million syntheti…

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The Williamsville Central School District projects spending would increase by 4 percent, or $7.4 million, under a 2018-19 budget that preserves all programs and adds support for several items. Officials held their first discussion of the district's budget at its last School Board meeting. The district's 2017-18 budget is $186.1 million. The district would face $5.4 m…

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Buffalo schools and its teachers union are further apart than originally thought in resolving the dispute over City Honors teachers being assigned “non-teaching” duties. Both sides hoped to strike a deal, but an exchange of proposals and counter proposals in recent weeks have gone nowhere. Instead, the school district has begun to implement a plan that it had hoped t…

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Lori Richmond has been a children's book author and illustrator for only about three years, but the job always intrigued her. "My parents say I was drawing pictures before I could even speak," the Long Island native said this week during a telephone interview. "Through high school and middle school, I was always the one that people would commission to make posters for t…

Amherst

Many of New York's poorest children are saying yes to the state English and math assessments, while students in schools in wealthier districts are opting out in far larger numbers. Those are the findings of a study by High Achievement New York, a coalition of business, urban and community groups that advocates for rigorous standards and against opting out of state asses…