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The talents and effort of more than 90 students, from actors to the orchestra and backstage, will bring the musical "Les Miserables" to the Kenmore West stage at 7:30 p.m. on March 8-10. Tickets are $9 presale and $10 at the door. The award-winning musical, which first premiered in London in 1985, is based on Victor Hugo's novel. Set in 19th century France, the story fo…

Remember when sneakers, T-shirts and shorts were all you needed in gym class? Students are bringing iPads to gym class at Hoover Elementary School in the Town of Tonawanda as part of the school's iFitness program, which encourages third- and fourth-graders to create physical fitness videos, integrating technology with physical fitness. Physical education teacher Heat…

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Assistant Superintendent of Finance John Brucato thinks the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board should propose a new $66 million capital project before the end of the year. Brucato said he thinks the district's finances are healthy enough to vote on a new project in December. Voters approved a $59 million project in 2009 and $51.6 million plan in 2014. "We try …

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The 31st annual Jerry Starr Ken-Ton Schools' SleepOut will be held at Hoover Middle School from 8 p.m. Feb. 2 to 6 a.m. the next day in the the parking lot along Sheridan Drive. Students, family members and other participants sleep outside in refrigerator boxes to raises awareness of those in need. In the 30 years since the first SleepOut was organized by the late Sa…

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The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District will begin registering students for kindergarten in January. Registration is by appointment only. To be eligible for kindergarten a child must be 5 years of age before Dec. 1, 2018. Parents may call the office at 871-2090 to make an appointment or for more information. Registration packets will be mailed to current eligib…

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The 2017-18 school year marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Kenmore Union School, the first school of what eventually became the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District, the area's second largest suburban school district with over 7,000 students. School board member Thomas Reigstad sparked the idea, which has been posted on the school website, www.ktufs…

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The Town of Tonawanda closed a 50-year old pedestrian bridge -- which crosses six lanes of traffic on Sheridan Drive near Hoover Elementary School -- over a year ago, after it was deemed to be unsafe. What's next for the bridge, being torn down or repaired? After receiving a state inspection, the town moved forward on the next step Monday, hiring Buffalo's Watts Arch…

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Stakeholders who want a role in planning the future of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District are invited to participate in Ken-Ton Forward. The collaborative process will develop a mission, long-range goals and a strategic plan that encompasses the districts goals, values and beliefs, along with an action plan to move "Ken-Ton Forward." Surveys will be provid…

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More than $22,000 is missing from the Parent Teachers Association of a Kenmore elementary school, money that was supposed to pay for student field trips and musicals. No charges have been filed over the missing money at the Charles Lindbergh Elementary School. A Town of Tonawanda police report says that the PTA's "Executive Board reviewed the books and it appears tha…

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The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board will get an update on the district's ongoing capital project from Campus Construction at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The $52 million phase 2 of the project began last summer and includes work at all nine district buildings, as well as athletic fields and auditoriums. Work will be done over the next two to three years and …

The Town of Tonawanda Youth Board gave Diana Gruninger, an English/theater teacher at Kenmore West High School, the Joseph Allen Jr. Service to Youth Award for going above and beyond what is expected of a teacher and mentoring at-risk students on her own time at the board's 40th Annual Awards dinner. High schools in the community each nominated one student to be recogni…

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Unlike other high schools, there are no bells between classes in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Big Picture High School. Students huddle in small groups with teachers, who also act as advisers and life coaches. Other students wear headphones and work independently on laptops. In a small library, a designated quiet space, a student sits by himself and is allowed to sta…

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The late Buffalo music legend, drummer Ted D. Reinhardt, and his brother, Tom, a bass guitarist, were among a class of eight who were inducted recently into the Kenmore East High School Performing Arts Hall of Fame. Ted Reinhardt died at the age of 62, in a single-engine plane crash in Norfolk, Va., on March 4, 2015, which killed him, the pilot and another man. The Rein…

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Stephen A. Bovino, a retired Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda schools administrator who had served as the school district's interim superintendent for the past three months, was unanimously appointed to take on the role permanently by the Ken-Ton School Board on Wednesday. He will be paid $165,000 a year to head the third largest district in the Buffalo area, with two high sch…

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One of the few budget bills that did pass in the state Legislature this week put millions of extra dollars into the coffers of communities that lost tax revenues following the closing of power plants in the Town of Tonawanda and in Dunkirk. The closure of the Huntley Power Station was cushioned this year by the state's Electric Generation Facility Cessation Mitigation F…