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Parking at the University at Buffalo's South Campus will be limited Wednesday due to an emergency response exercise. Spaces at the faculty and staff parking lots adjacent to Diefendorf and Clark halls will be limited from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. due to the exercise that will be conducted around Clark. Approximately 250 spaces in the Diefendorf lot and 20 faculty and staff s…

Frontier Central School Board members will talk about finding an interim superintendent during a special meeting Tuesday. "The interim is more important right now than the search, because we need to know somebody is steering the ship come Sept. 1," Board President Janet MacGregor Plarr said. Frontier Superintendent Bret Apthorpe is leaving to head Jamestown Public Sc…

Kids call it summer vacation. Educators think of it as the Summer Slide – that phenomenon when the knowledge students gained during the school year starts getting lost during two months off. Summer learning loss is in peak season, and efforts to fight it are in full swing, too. That includes the summer “camps” that kicked off last week in Buffalo, providing …

The Erie 1 BOCES Board has extended the contract of Superintendent Lynn M. Fusco for two more years. Her contract, which was to expire in 2018, was extended to 2020. Board President John Sherman attributed the unanimous vote last week on the measure to Fusco's work. “We’ve seen an increase in activity with component school districts and other organizations…

A former teacher's religious free speech suit against the Cheektowaga Central School District is over. The U.S. Supreme Court recently denied Joelle Silver's petition appealing two lower court decisions that dismissed her suit over the removal of religious items from her classroom. Silver, with the help of the American Freedom Law Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., accused…

A longtime school administrator in Williamsville will lead Bishop Timon–St. Jude High School during the next school year. Linda L. Cimusz has been named interim principal at the boys Catholic high school on McKinley Parkway for the 2017-18 academic year. Cimusz was appointed chief academic officer in Buffalo during the 2014-15 school year, before leaving for Ro…

Nora OBrien-Suric learned to impact social change at the shoulder of some influential people in the aging field: • Robert N. Butler, a geriatric psychiatrist and founding director of the National Institute on Aging; • Rose Dobrof, a geriatric social worker who established the Brookdale Center on Aging at Hunter College in New York City, where she got her doctorat…

A North Tonawanda mother's lawsuit against the North Tonawanda School District and a bus company says her son, a kindergarten student, was sexually abused and injured by another kindergartner during the 2015-16 school year. Superintendent Gregory J. Woytila said Wednesday that the district will contest the lawsuit rather than try to settle it out of court. "I guess t…

A new preschool is the next piece of the puzzle in an effort to change the lives of kids and families in one of Buffalo's poorest neighborhoods. The first floor of an old parish recreation hall at the corner of Bailey and East Delavan avenues will be converted into a preschool for some 100 children, as part of the the latest project by Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, a no…

Buffalo Public Schools, always strapped for cash, missed out on hundreds of thousands of dollars when it underbilled for providing special education services to students from other school districts, a new state audit found. The audit, released Tuesday by the State Comptroller's Office, showed the district could have received more than $800,000 in special-education reimb…

A teacher who was in the midst of the chaos in the Hamburg Central School District has retired, ending the district's three-year effort to fire her. The School Board approved social studies teacher Martha Kavanaugh's retirement during a special meeting Saturday morning. The retirement was effective July 1. Kavanaugh had been on paid administrative leave since Jan. 15, 2…

West Seneca Central School Board members abruptly fired their interim superintendent Monday night and installed a district administrator as the interim. Whitney K. Vantine had served as superintendent since Mark Crawford – the district's longtime superintendent – retired April 28. The new interim is Matthew Bystrak, who serves as West Seneca's director of pupil p…

Opinions about whether colleges and universities are good for the nation depend largely on political leanings, according to a new Pew Research Center study. While nearly three-quarters of Democrats and people who lean Democratic believe colleges and universities have a positive effect on the direction of the country, a majority of Republicans and those who lean Republic…