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It was his first time on stage, but when actor Jesse L. Martin played Scrooge at the former Campus West School, he gave it everything he had. “My little fifth-grade self acted up a storm. I’m sure I overacted, but I was amazing. Somehow, I knew I would end up in New York City, and it started here in this school. Buffalo gave me everything as a kid,” Martin said Friday d…

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Craig Scott remembers the day he played dead to survive as a dozen schoolmates, including his sister, were murdered in their school. For 20 years, he has remembered the Columbine High School massacre over and over, hundreds of times. He did so on Friday, too. "I was having so much fear I thought my heart was going to stop beating," he told the students at Niagara Fal…

Buffalo

A Buffalo Common Council member has been barred from stepping foot on Buffalo Public School property after bringing a loaded gun inside a city high school earlier this week. Masten District Council Member Ulysees O. Wingo was notified Friday by the school district that he is “not permitted to be on, in, or around any Buffalo City School District property or attend any e…

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No candidate for college president could win enough support to be appointed by the Niagara County Community College Board of Trustees during a four-hour, 40-minute meeting Thursday night. "We had two very good candidates, but we couldn't make a final decision on either of them," Chairman William L. Ross said Friday. The board reinterviewed two of its three finalists …

Buffalo

Say Yes Buffalo moved a $1 million closer to its goal of raising enough money to provide kids of Buffalo free tuition at state colleges and universities for generations to come. The nonprofit on Friday announced a $1 million gift from the Jacobs family, owners of Delaware North, the global food service and hospitality company headquartered in Buffalo. It’s the second…

City of Tonawanda

Tonawanda City School District Superintendent Timothy A. Oldenburg has decided to live with the "new normal" that leaves school districts juggling rising costs with the desire to do what's best for kids – while not taxing residents out of their homes. It's what every school must grapple with this time of year, with annual suburban school budget votes taking place Tuesda…

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An educator told Michele Delo in fourth grade that she should try to talk more slowly because of her stutter. Delo became a very good listener, instead. “I became a covert stutterer,” the Town of Tonawanda native said. Delo avoided reading and making presentations in class. She passed on after-school clubs and sports. She got fast-food jobs in high school and afterwa…

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Voters across New York will go to the polls on Tuesday to consider school budget proposals and candidates for their school boards. The following is information on the 37 districts in Erie and Niagara counties. (i) = incumbent Akron Proposed budget: $35.18 million, up 11.31% Proposed tax levy: $9.87 million, up 0.97% Proposition 2: To spend up to $415,000 for …

Buffalo

Spending will be up 1.2% next year in the Buffalo Public Schools under a $927.4 million general fund budget adopted Wednesday by the School Board. The district, which gets 85% of its funding from the state, got $19.6 million more in state aid for 2019-20, but still used $10 million in reserves to balance the budget. The budget continues to fund major reforms, dubbed …

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When it comes to turning around a poor, inner-city school, what’s more important: Money or leadership? The 25-year experiment at Westminster Community Charter School in the Kensington-Bailey area provides an answer: You need both. Westminster was struggling as part of the Buffalo Public Schools when M&T Bank adopted it in 1993-94, promising up to $800,000 a year to h…

Buffalo

More feedback is sought from Buffalo parents before the Board of Education weighs in on the latest controversy – this one over next year’s school calendar. Students would not start classes until Sept. 11 – more than a full week after Labor Day – and would lose their traditional February break, under a district calendar being considered for the 2019-20 school year. Th…

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The Niagara County Community College Board of Trustees will reinterview two of the three candidates for the college presidency Thursday. A college insider, who asked not to be identified because the process is confidential, said Stephen W. Dunnivant and Darrin Q. Rankin will be reinterviewed via videoconference during a closed-door meeting called for 5 p.m. Thursday. …

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The final seat on the Buffalo Board of Education appears to be set. Kathy Evans-Brown hung on to her election night lead over challenger Patricia A. Elliott, after absentee ballots were opened Wednesday at the Erie County Board of Elections, the two candidates confirmed. “I concede gracefully,” Elliott told The Buffalo News. “I am fully supportive of her.” Electio…

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A Nobel Prize-winning economist, an Olympic gold medalist and a retired general are the keynote speakers at Niagara University's commencement ceremonies. Economist William Nordhaus of Yale University will speak at graduate commencement at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Artpark's Mainstage Theater, Lewiston. Sarah Hughes, a 2002 Olympic champion in figure skating at age 16…