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Frank McNamara and Michael Paternostro aren't spending any time together in their new roles as school resource officers for Grand Island. But a work schedule might be the only thing the two retired police officers don't share. Both are fathers of large families, McNamara the father of five children, and Paternostro, the father of four; both are longtime residents of …

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The Grand Island School Board unanimously approved a $62.5 million 2018-19 budget Tuesday that would add school security measures while maintaining programs and staffing to stay under the tax cap. The budget vote on May 15 will include a $650,000 proposition to buy three large buses, two passenger buses, a passenger van and a Ford F-250 truck for buildings and grounds. …

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Both the City of Tonawanda School District and the Grand Island Central School District are seeking applicants for substitute positions. Grand Island will offer a recruitment job fair on from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 9 in the district office, 1100 Ransom Road. Applications will be accepted in all areas – from food service, transportation and buildings and grounds t…

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The outlook for Grand Island's effort to become a destination for solar generating parks is looking positively sunny. Four projects that stand to take advantage of the island's abundance of open land and access to the Thruway and could bring electricity to hundreds of residents are under consideration. Officials said the projects are a result of a solar energy law th…

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Despite objections from the current superintendent and a former superintendent, the Grand Island School Board on Monday voted 5-1 to support a plan to use two part-time school resource officers rather than create a new full-time special police officer. Board member Donna Tomkins voted no and Board President Lisa Pyc abstained from the vote and the discussion. Pyc's husb…

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The Town of Grand Island board weighed the pros and cons of, creating a special post for a full-time retired officer to serve the Grand Island school district, or dedicating two part time officers from its current police force. Both the town and school board have agreed that a school resource officer, which was funded by the state police until 2013, needs to be brought …

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A school resource officer needs to be added to Grand Island schools, but should the position be full time or part time? That is the questions the Grand Island town and school boards. The Grand Island schools have been without a school resource officer since 2013, when an officer provided by State Police was discontinued. Trooper Chris Pyc, whose wife Lisa is the s…

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Mary Howard, a sixth-grade teacher at Grand Island Central School District's Veronica E. Connor Middle School was selected as one of five finalists for the 2018 New York State Teacher of the Year Award. Brockport Schools' fourth-grade teacher Christopher Albrecht was selected the teacher of the year. Howard said her only regret in not coming home with the top award w…

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Grand Island Schools are looking for substitutes for all positions in the district and will hold a substitute recruitment fair from 8:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 15 in the Grand Island High School library, 1100 Ransom Road. No appointments are necessary. All applicants must complete the WNY Schools Standard Application online prior to Aug. 15. Candidates for teaching and nursi…

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The Grand Island School Business Alliance (GISBA) will hold a golf outing to raise money for scholarships, field trips and internships for Grand Island High School students. The GISBA tournament will be held on Aug. 21 at River Oaks Golf Club. Last year the golf outing raised $20,000 to support programs at the school. Registration forms are on the district website at gr…

The Grand Island Foundation, which has recognized distinguished alumni of Grand Island High School since 2007, is seeking nominations for the spring 2018 induction ceremony. Nominees must have graduated from Grand Island Senior High School, demonstrated excellence in his or her chosen field or profession and provided outstanding service to the community, profession or c…

The Grand Island School Board unanimously approved Tuesday a proposed $62.6 million budget for 2017-18 that would increase taxes for property owners. Voters will be asked to approve the proposed budget on May 16. The proposed $844,996 increase in the tax levy, which is the overall amount to be raised by taxes, equals the state tax cap of 2.62 percent. The tax levy wo…

Spider-Man will make a special visit to teach kids and their families about being active and making healthy food choices at the Grand Island School District's annual health and wellness family fair Tuesday. More than 25 vendors, from healthy food to health screenings, raffles and a CPR demonstration will be at the fair, from 4 to 6:30 p.m in the high school cafeteria, 1…

The Grand Island School District, in need of substitutes in all job categories, will hold a recruitment fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on  Tuesday, Feb. 28. at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road. The district is seeking qualified candidates to work in the district office, high school, middle school, three elementary schools, as well as transportation and building an…