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The Grand Island School District will hold an active shooter lockdown drill on May 22 on the campus of the Grand Island High School and Middle School, 1100 Ransom Road. The drill will take place during the morning hours and involve a scenario where an intruder has entered the campus with the intent to do harm. Student actors and simulated gunfire in the high school will…

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School officials often grumble about the tax cap and unfunded mandates, but since the cap was enacted, more budgets are being approved. And fewer people are voting. The number of residents voting on school budgets has gone down by more than a third in Erie and Niagara counties in the last seven years. Many point to a cap imposed in 2012 on the amount that school d…

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When the University at Buffalo men's basketball won a first-round NCAA Tournament game, ecstatic Bulls fans flocked to Twitter and Facebook to revel in the victory. When the women's hoops team made it to the Sweet Sixteen, a large group of supporters lined the lobby of Alumni Arena to give them a spirited send-off. And the women's tennis team got a similar boost when th…

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Citizens in 37 school districts in Erie and Niagara counties go to the polls Tuesday to vote on budgets for next year and to choose School Board members. Here's a look at the propositions and candidates they will consider. If you're having trouble viewing the interactive in The Buffalo News app, click here: http://projects.buffalonews.com.s3.amazonaws.com/charts/sch…

Health and Fitness

Anne Walters quit nursing school the day her first patient handed her a pair of just-used dentures. It was enough to make her realize that the human condition presents itself in all of its forms when people are vulnerable and feel lousy. She wasn't up for that – yet still told her youngest daughter to pursue a nursing career. "My mom wanted me to be a nurse so I w…

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Williamsville School Board member Toni Vazquez was in the good graces of the district’s teachers’ union three years ago. She had been the lone member to support the union’s call for an independent investigation into employee complaints of Superintendent Scott Martzloff and was the only incumbent in 2015 to receive the union’s endorsement in her re-election bid. But i…

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A former Buffalo Board of Education candidate is suing the city for more than $2 million as part of a lawsuit claiming two false arrests by police. Austin Harig, the former student who narrowly lost a race to then-board member Carl P. Paladino, claims his arrests in 2016 and 11 days in jail time violated his civil rights. In both cases, one involving allegations of a…

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An agreement signed Wednesday will make it easier for Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center nurses to comply with a state law that takes effect in June 2020 requiring all new registered nurses to have bachelor's degrees within 10 years of obtaining a license. Memorial will allow Niagara University to offer nursing courses at the hospital, starting this fall. Seventy …

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Parents are now getting in the middle of the rift between Buffalo Public Schools and Kaleida Health. The Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization rallied parents Wednesday behind Kaleida's school nurses, who were disqualified from retaining the district's nursing contract because Kaleida returned its proposal 16 minutes late. "We feel strongly we want Kaleida Health nurse…

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Students at Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School are organizing a forum on school gun violence to be held at 2 p.m. May 22 at their school, located at 190 Franklin St. The students have invited members of the Buffalo School Board along with elected officials to the "Stop the Killing" forum to answer questions about how to make their communities and schools safe. …

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City Honors School again rated as the top public high school in the Buffalo region and one of the best in the state – if not the United States – based on the latest rankings of the nation’s high schools by U.S. News & World Report. The school on East North Street was the highest ranked local high school, coming in at No. 17 on the list of best high schools in New Yo…

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Eleven newly trained police officers will graduate Wednesday from the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy. Two of the new officers already have been hired by the Town of Lewiston and one by the Middleport Police Department, according to an announcement from Niagara University, which hosts the academy on its campus. The academy's 66th graduation ceremony since its …

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Keyboarding class will return to second and third grades in the Lancaster Central School District if the $107.5 million proposed budget is passed May 15, said Superintendent Michael J. Vallely. Vallely made the comments during the annual budget hearing, held in the high school auditorium Monday. The budget represents a 3.5 percent increase over the previous budget of…

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Despite a shrinking enrollment, Buffalo Public Schools has added more than 580 new teachers and staff to educate its students over the past four years. Enrollment in the city school district is down 3 percent since the 2014-15 school year. Meanwhile, the number of full-time employees – mostly teachers and aides – is up 14 percent during that same period, district figure…

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The Niagara County Legislature is seeking applicants for a soon-to-be-vacant seat on the Niagara County Community College Board of Trustees. Legislature Clerk Mary Jo Tamburlin said Richard L. Andres Jr. of North Tonawanda, a legislator who recently became chairman of the county Republican Committee, is leaving the NCCC board when his term expires June 30. "We hope t…