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The Williamsville Central School District is studying the elimination of class rank for all its high schoolers. The School Board in September agreed to end class rank in its three high schools for incoming freshmen and all subsequent classes. But since then, district officials said they've heard from numerous students and parents who support eliminating it now for all g…

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Frontier Central School Board members appointed the superintendent of a Central New York school district to head the Frontier district. Richard Hughes of Central Valley School District is expected to join the district in Hamburg by Jan. 29. "We're very excited to have him on board," Board President Janet MacGregor Plarr said. A native of Wyoming County, Hughes is …

The St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Board of Trustees Tuesday announced the appointment of the head of a co-ed college preparatory school in Strafford, Pa., as the school's next president. Christopher Fulco, head of the Woodlynde School, will become president at St. Joe's upon the retirement of Robert T. Scott on June 30. Fulco has more than 20 years' experience in…

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Williamsville teachers have a new contract that includes salary raises – but also an increase of their contributions to health insurance. The School Board Tuesday unanimously approved the four-year pact, the result of 11 months of talks and 17 meetings between negotiating teams for the district and Williamsville Teachers Association. "This is a fiscally responsible c…

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If wishes all came true, West Seneca interim Superintendent Matthew J. Bystrak would have declared a snow day by 7:30 p.m. Monday. At least, that was the wish of the West Seneca West football team, which was recognized at Monday's School Board meeting for winning the state  Class A championship last month. But they returned to school as usual Tuesday. There was snow,…

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Homeless students in New York City fared better on state assessment tests than students in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse who had never been homeless. Meanwhile, more than 16 percent of students in the Buffalo Public Schools who took the state tests two years ago were either homeless or had been homeless at one time. In either case, those students were about half as li…

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A student is sent to the principal’s office for bad behavior – maybe mouthing off to the teacher, cursing or disrupting class. But what’s troubling some Buffalo teachers is that those kids are getting sent back to the classroom with little or no consequences. That’s according to the Buffalo Teachers Federation, which has raised the matter with district officials afte…

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Rakim Scales thought about being a teacher when he taught a fellow student how to draw. Lavonna Gaines was inspired by two teachers who gave her the help she needed. And Gabrielle Baldwin credits her 4-year-old sister for steering her toward a future career in teaching. “She inspires me the most,” said Gabrielle, 14, “just by the excitement on her face when she le…

The Western & Central New York Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society seeks high school students who are enthusiastic about volunteerism, philanthropy, community outreach and leadership for a new fundraising competition called Students of the Year. The leadership development and philanthropy program will teach students how to raise funds to invest in researc…

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A parent group wants better Metro Bus service for thousands of students in Buffalo who rely on the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to get back and forth to school. The Buffalo Public Schools pay the NFTA about $8 million a year to transport some 10,200 students, but their bus passes are “highly restrictive” to certain times and routes, according to the Buffalo…

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Efforts to win larger stipends for University at Buffalo graduate students took on a new urgency this week, as Congress began negotiating a federal tax plan that proposes taxing students on tuition waivers. If the provision adopted by the House of Representatives stays in the tax overhaul bill, graduate students across the country will face hundreds and even thousands o…

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If a student gets a bloody nose, her teacher sends her to the nurse. But what if the student is having a mental health emergency? By the time the next school year begins in September, everyone working in the Hamburg Central School District, from the cook in the cafeteria to the custodian sweeping the floors to the superintendent in the administration building, will k…

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In 27 Catholic schools across the Buffalo diocese, some 6,000 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade have been working on projects in the STREAM field. Yes, that's STREAM. To the well-known STEM education, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math, Catholic schools have added religion and the arts. Sunday, students and teachers from those …

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Improved math and English language arts scores have resulted in Buffalo's Early Childhood Center School 82 being removed from the list of lowest performing schools in New York State. State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said 27 schools in four districts in New York met the criteria for removal from priority school status based on their progress in 2015-16 and 201…

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Students in the Pembroke and Alexander school districts exercise less on weekends than during the school week. A lot less. The 1,800 students spread across five schools tend to exercise almost 44 percent less on Saturdays and Sundays than during the week, said Mai Nguyen (pronounced My Win), the Carol M. White PEP Grant director for the two Genesee County districts. …