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Smart Schools Bond Act could bring millions in technology aid for local school districts

Proposal will be on the ballot Nov. 4

On this year’s election ballot the Smart Schools Bond Act, a New York State legislative proposal, will be up for vote. If approved, this act could bring $2 billion in aid for technology to public school districts in the state, including roughly $60 million to those in Onondaga County.

ESM school board approves $65K change order on school construction project

A nearly $65,000 change order for construction on the Greener, Greater Grove project was approved by the East Syracuse-Minoa school board last week to cover unexpected costs associated with asbestos abatement.

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Voters approve J-D school district $3 million capital project by nearly 3-to-1 margin

Project will improve the district’s athletic stadium and install a new turf field

After two years of work, the Jamesville-DeWitt school district will be allowed to install a turf field at the high school’s main athletic stadium. School district voters gave their overwhelming approval to the $3.1 million capital project during a public referendum vote on Oct. 28. The results showed a nearly 3-to-1 victory ratio for the referendum, with 619 votes to approve and 254 to reject.

State Board of Regents approves new graduation options

In the hopes of both improving graduation rates, the New York State Board of Regents last week approved a plan to add flexibility to its graduation requirements. On Monday, Oct. 20, the Board of Regents agreed to create a 4+1 pathway option, which would allow students to opt out of one of the social studies exams currently required for graduation. Instead, they could take a "comparatively rigorous" assessment in career/technical education (CTE), science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the humanities, foreign languages or the arts.

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J-D turf field project goes to vote on Oct. 28

Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The possibility of construction for a $3.1 million capital project and update to the main athletics stadium, which includes installation of a multi-use turf field, at Jamesville-DeWitt high school is approaching with a Tuesday, Oct. 28 vote. The vote goes from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will take place in the main high school gym foyer.

Fayetteville-Manlius to host seminar focusing on NCAA recruiting and eligibility

The Fayetteville-Manlius school district is hosting a seminar focusing on NCAA recruiting and eligibility on Monday, Oct. 27 at the high school’s main auditorium.

Business First ranks Jamesville-DeWitt in top 20 school districts Upstate

ES-M also named to overall list

Business First, a Buffalo-based magazine that conducts annual evaluations of the 100 top school districts throughout Upstate New York, last week released its 2014 results — and ranked Jamesville DeWitt Central School District no. 17 in Upstate New York and no. 4 in Onondaga County. East Syracuse-Minoa was also named to the list at no. 172 out of 432 schools.

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F-M ranked second in Upstate for academics for fourth consecutive year

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District maintained its number two ranking in academics and number one ranking for math out of 432 Upstate public school districts for the fourth consecutive year, according to a Buffalo-based business magazine.

OCRRA and Coyanta give incentive for turning in mercury containing items

OCRRA and Covanta are celebrating environmental milestone with a $10 Home Depot gift card reward for residents who turn in mercury containing items.

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CarniFFaLl fundraiser brings Halloween to the Fayetteville Free Library

Local children dressed up in their best costumes to celebrate the Halloween spirit at the Fayetteville Free Library’s seventh annual CarniFFaLl fundraiser last Saturday.

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ESM marching band places second, takes awards at Ohio invitational

The East Syracuse-Minoa Spartan marching band has hit a high note this season by taking home top honors in several of their competitions this year — including placing second in their division at the Buckeye Invitational at Ohio State University this past weekend.

Citizens learn to prepare for disasters in East Syracuse

About 700 citizens gathered in East Syracuse last week to attend Governor Cuomo’s NYS Citizen’s Preparedness Training and learn what to do in case of a natural, man-made or technical emergency. The event, which was held Tuesday, Sept. 30, at ESM high school, was part of program launched by Governor Cuomo in February 2014 with the plan to provide free emergency and disaster training to participants taught by the National Guard. So far, there have been about 140 training events throughout the state.

Community invited to hear about Columbine shooting victim’s inspiring legacy

Hear the heart-warming, true story of Rachel Scott and her dream to make a difference in the lives of others by doing the “little things” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Central High School auditorium. The ESM community is invited to come and learn about Rachel, who was the first student killed at Columbine High School shootings in 1999.

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ESM middle schoolers learn mobile restaurant business (and taste bacon jam)

Seventh grade students at ESM Pine Grove East middle school took a “reverse field trip” last week during which they had only to walk outside their school to learn a lesson about owning a mobile restaurant business from The Bacon Bandits — and the kids also got to shock their taste buds with a taste of the bandits’ famous bacon jam.

F-M’s Enders Road Elementary named National Blue Ribbon School

Enders Road elementary school in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District has been named a Blue Ribbon achiever by the U.S. Department of Education.

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