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Who gets how much money from New York State and why is a hot topic of conversation these days among school districts. It’s also a bit of a mystery. As the annual budget wrangling gets going in Albany, the fight over funding is not only about how much the state should allocate for education, but how exactly $27 billion in aid gets divvied up among more than 700 school…

Buffalo

The Buffalo Public School District will be closed due to weather concerns, according to a release issued Thursday evening by the district. No students or staff are to report. https://buffalonews.com/2020/02/06/slick-roads-predicted-for-thursday-morning-commute/

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Niagara County Community College, which in 2018 proposed a $30 million science, technology and math building, has hired former County Legislature Chairman W. Keith McNall as an independent contractor to promote the project. NCCC President William J. Murabito said Wednesday that McNall's $1,000-a-month contract started Feb. 1 and runs through Aug. 31. "I want him to w…

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A $75 million project to repair and update all the school buildings in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District was approved by a more than a 3 to 1 margin Wednesday. Voters passed the measure 1,082-328. State aid will cover 69% of the cost of the improvements to five elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools, including the addition …

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The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center has announced that all schools in Niagara County are eligible to receive free field trips to the center in honor of Black History Month. It's the second year the center has made the offer, but this year it will be expanded beyond February into March. The center will reimburse schools for transportation costs. "Si…

Obituaries

June 29, 1936 – Jan. 24, 2020 Dr. Datta G. Wagle was well on his way toward his goal of becoming a surgeon when he began a residency at what was then Roswell Park Memorial Institute in the early 1960s. He was already board-certified and wanted to subspecialize in cancer surgery. His first rotation took him to urology, where the department chairman, Dr. Marvin Wood…

Buffalo

The Buffalo Common Council extended the grace period for the city's school speed zone camera enforcement through Feb. 29 – to give commuters more time to adjust to the new system and Mayor Byron W. Brown's administration time to submit data to the Council. Fourteen school speed zone cameras have been live since Jan. 6, capturing images of vehicles exceeding school zone …

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Christ the King Seminary, which for 163 years trained men to become Catholic priests, will be shut down in May at the end of the current academic year, as the Buffalo Diocese slashes costs amid a clergy sex abuse scandal that’s led to a dramatic downturn in giving. The Rev. Kevin Creagh, seminary rector and president, announced the decision on campus this afternoon to f…

Colleges

An independent investigation of complaints from the women's soccer team at SUNY Buffalo State found no evidence that the head coach mishandled the physical or mental well-being of his players. Nor did he violate any NCAA rules. But the investigation did raise enough questions about the leadership style and professionalism of longtime coach Nicholas DeMarsh that the c…

Amherst

A former City Honors teacher accused of sexually exploiting female students was arraigned Tuesday on child pornography charges. A new three-count federal indictment against Peter Hingston centers around allegations that he engaged in sexually explicit conduct with two minor victims and videotaped his conduct. The 59-year-old Amherst man also is charged with one count…

Courts

Philip R. Sims, a prominent area jazz musician who taught music in the Niagara Falls public schools in the 1990s and early 2000s, is the target of two lawsuits from former students who accuse him of sexually abusing them. In 2004, Sims pleaded guilty to abusing one of the girls. He served six months in Niagara County Jail and 10 years' probation. That victim's lawsui…

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ALBANY – The state Board of Regents, with roots tracing to 1784, is a 17-member body charged with setting and guiding education policy for public schools across New York, including the coursework that 2,622,879 students will be taught this year. Increasingly, though, lawmakers and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo want a piece of that action. Dozens of bills are pending in Albany…

Courts

Seven St. Mary's High School students had sexual contact with a female student in a boys' locker room four years ago, and the school responded by expelling the girl instead of calling police, according to a new Child Victims Act lawsuit filed Friday. The plaintiff, who was not identified in public records, alleged in the lawsuit that she was a minor who was left unsuper…

Business

The president of the Starpoint Board of Education sent a letter to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Tuesday, opposing the 900-acre Bear Ridge Solar project. The towns of Cambria and Pendleton and the Niagara County Legislature previously voiced their opposition to the solar complex. "Bear Ridge Solar said they would leave our town alone if they were not wanted. It is now time fo…