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A free after-school program that introduced soccer to thousands of Buffalo kids over the years is getting a big boost from a big donor. Soccer for Success was awarded $650,000 from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, bringing total contributions to $1.4 million and allowing the program to not only keep running but expand to new locations and serve more kids. It's wel…

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A judge has upheld a hearing officer's determination that a former high-level administrator in the Williamsville Central School District should be fired for misconduct and other charges, the school district's attorney said. State Supreme Court Judge Timothy J. Walker on Thursday dismissed an appeal filed by former Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Kim A. Kirs…

The Buffalo Public Schools postponed tonight's workshop designed to provide Buffalo parents and caregivers strategies to support boys and young men of color. The workshop is part of the My Brother's Keeper Parent Academy series, and was supposed to run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at East High School, 820 Northampton St. Parents should check the district's web…

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There is no shortage of quarreling in the Buffalo Public Schools over what’s best for kids, whether it’s the district versus  the teachers union or board member versus board member. But at least one group has appeared to settle its long-standing differences: the parents. Two parent factions – the District Parent Coordinating Council and the Buffalo Parent-T…

A six-week workshop designed to provide Buffalo parents and caregivers strategies to support boys and young men of color begins Monday. The workshop is part of the My Brother's Keeper Parent Academy series, sponsored by Buffalo Public Schools, which runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at East High School, 820 Northampton St. Participants will learn about academic…

A lockout Friday at six schools and buildings in the Lake Shore Central School District has been lifted, according to a notice on the district's website Friday evening. The lockout was imposed earlier in the day, after an individual in connection with a suspicious person call in the Village of Angola ran from police. The man, Jose I. Alvira, 26, was located shortly b…

The superintendent of one of the Buffalo area's largest special education day schools has been replaced. Teri Byrne-Knell, a 31-year employee of the Stanley G. Falk School, is "no longer employed" as its superintendent, said Mary Cornwell, chief development officer for Child and Family Services, which operates the school's three locations as an affiliated program. M…

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Emerging diseases, energy sustainability and severe weather are just some of the global issues today's students will be asked to solve using the skills they learn in the classroom, according to one local teacher. Kenneth L. Huff, a middle school science teacher in the Williamsville Central School District, was one of 10 teachers nationwide chosen to help promote the sc…

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The Town of Clarence has never had its own police department, until now. On Wednesday the Town Board voted to create a part-time patrol officer position to work with the Clarence School District as a school resource officer. The $25,000 salary will be paid for by the school district and the town will provide a vehicle and uniform. Clarence School Superintendent Geoff…

The Lockport School District has alerted parents and students on its website that an individual in the district has been diagnosed with viral meningitis. The statement appears on the district's web page specifically dedicated to announcements for Lockport High School West. The statement from the Lockport schools specified that the form of meningitis that was contract…

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A few weeks ago, Catherine Flanagan-Priore got a message from her husband that the Buffalo School Board was in search of candidates to replace ousted Board Member Carl P. Paladino. "LOL," she messaged back. "Are you considering this?" "No," her husband wrote. "I mean you." "I think they need someone like you who knows children and works with families," he told h…

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Freshmen just starting classes this month in Williamsville Central School District's three high schools will not have to fret over one number during their four years. The School Board on Tuesday unanimously agreed to eliminate class rank for its newest freshmen and all subsequent classes. It is the only known local district to have eliminated the metric, according to th…

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The union representing Williamsville Central School District teachers and Superintendent Scott Martzloff are publicly trying to make peace after three years of lawsuits and acrimony. All outward signs indicate a thawing in the icy relationship between the two sides that has plagued the district since a top human resources administrator was suspended in 2014 then fired i…

Buffalo Police were seeking the public's help on Wednesday in locating a 13-year-old Buffalo girl who was missing, authorities said. Authorities on Wednesday said Armani Zarlae, a Riley Street resident, did not get on the school bus at dismissal time from Hamlin Park School #74. Buffalo Police continued to search for Zarlae late Wednesday, according to authoritie…

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A pediatric psychologist from South Buffalo has been selected to fill the vacancy on the Buffalo Board of Education left open by ousted Board Member Carl P. Paladino, despite Paladino's efforts to fight the appointment in court. Catherine Flanagan-Priore, 43, a pediatric psychologist at Women and Children’s Hospital, was chosen Monday night to fill the vacant Park Di…