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The small "rainbow" sticker on the door of Room 314 is a sign to all who enter that these confines are safe and inclusive and that no judgment will be cast. It’s here, in Norman Duttweiler’s classroom at Hutchinson Central Technical High School on Elmwood Avenue, where once a week the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance meets. It is an after-school club for students wh…

Therapeutic nutrition intervention for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer will be the topic of a free Breast Cancer Network of Western New York educational seminar at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the network’s center, 3297 Walden Ave. in Depew. The seminar will feature Mary Jo Parker, a registered dietitian nutritionist, nutrition therapist and consultant. It w…

The parents of an 11-year-old boy are looking into their legal options after he reportedly was "thrown off'' his school bus Thursday afternoon after an altercation with a bus aide, who says the boy assaulted her. The boy, a student at the Niagara Street Elementary School, and his younger brother were removed from the bus at Portage Road and Niagara Street, according to pol…

Andrea Vaillancourt-Alder started paddling as a child on Lake George and began teaching paddle sports in the Chesapeake Bay as a teen while living in Norfolk, Va. She has since canoed or kayaked on the Thames River in London, in the Celtic Sea along Cornwall, on the southwest tip of England, and with hippos and crocodiles off the Coast of South Africa. “I’ll padd…

Want to get a flavor for a prospective career in medicine or health sciences? The Jacobs Institute on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is accepting reservations from educators for Brain Boot Camp sessions for middle and high school students. It's an opportunity to learn more about strokes, heart attacks and what medical simulators are all about. To learn more and a…

Timothy P. Carter, principal of Niagara-Wheatfield High School, has been chosen as the new superintendent of the Wilson Central School District. The Wilson School Board gave Carter a three-year contract at $145,000 a year, starting July 17. He  replaces Michael S. Wendt, who is retiring as superintendent. Carter began his career as an elementary school teacher in …

The old C.W. Miller Livery Building is being recommended by Buffalo school officials as the site for a second Emerson School of Hospitality. The building at 73 W. Huron St. is right around the corner from the existing Emerson on West Chippewa Street – the backs of the two buildings abut each other – and together the two high schools would create an expanded "hospita…

Tapestry Charter School’s expansion plans are moving forward. The fast-growing K-12 school in North Buffalo wants to construct a three-story building at 111 Great Arrow Ave. for its kindergarten through fifth grade classes, which would move over from its current main building adjacent to the new site. In turn, that would create more space for the school’s upper grade…

Next month will mark 13 years without a new contract for principals and administrators in Buffalo Public Schools. And they still don't seem any closer to reaching an agreement with the district. Members of the Buffalo Council of Supervisors and Administrators, which represents more than 250 principals and building and central office administrators, rallied last week …

Casey Middle School in the Williamsville Central School District has a new principal. Peter Dobmeier, assistant principal at Casey for the last 6½ years, takes over in July from Francis McGreevy, who is retiring after 18 years in the the district. The School Board unanimously approved the appointment of Dobmeier to the $112,000-a-year post overseeing one of the dis…

When Superintendent Kriner Cash took the helm of the Buffalo schools about two years ago, he promised a massive overhaul of the struggling school district. Now, Cash sits down with News education reporter Tiffany Lankes and WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley to talk about the state of the school district. From community schools to new innovative high school programs, …

Amherst police have a greater presence at Williamsville South High School this week after a student "made a possible threat to the school," Williamsville School District officials said. School officials learned last week about something "supposedly to occur sometime this week," Williamsville South principal Keith Boardman said in an email message to parents sent on Mond…

The newest project headed for the downtown area isn't office space, retail or apartments. It's a high school. Buffalo Public Schools will publicly air proposals for a second Emerson School of Hospitality during a special meeting on Wednesday. The success of Emerson on West Chippewa Street - known publicly for its popular student-run restaurant - prompted the schoo…

A young person fell or jumped from a second-story window at a Lockport school and was transported by Mercy Flight to a hospital in Buffalo, City of Lockport Police Chief Michael F. Niethe confirmed on Monday. Lockport City School District officials issued a statement Monday afternoon stating that Emmet Belknap Intermediate School had "activated a hold-in place as a resu…

Myadah Kalia, 22, of Syracuse had her eyes on Zambia, where she will travel with the Peace Corps in two weeks to jump-start her career in public health. Matthew Glosek, 21, of Buffalo hopes to work as a neurosurgeon, so next year he will begin studies for his master's degree in anatomical sciences. Shabir Mustehsan, 22, formerly of Amherst, graduated in December wit…