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OCM BOCES opens new Innovation Tech high school in Liverpool

For too long, we’ve been doing education the same way — and it’s doing our students a disservice. At least, that’s what the administrators at Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES believe. And they’re trying to address the problem by introducing a new kind of instruction in Central New York. OCM BOCES held an official grand opening for its new Innovation Tech high school Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the facility at the Lee G. Peters Career Training Center in Liverpool. Classes began Sept. 3.

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J-D Board of Education moves forward on $3 million turf field project

Public meeting scheduled for Sept. 22, possible vote in October

Plans to move forward with an estimated $3 million capital project to update the main athletics stadium at Jamesville-DeWitt High School were approved by the J-D Board of Education at its Sept. 8 meeting. The project, which is scheduled to be presented to the public Sept. 22 and put to a vote Oct. 28, will cause a slight increase in taxes for residents, according to the district.

Food service changes to take place at F-M High School

Whether it was through their words or actions — like tossing the majority of the food on their lunch trays into the garbage — Fayetteville-Manlius High School students made it known that they were unhappy with the changes that have taken place in their school cafeteria since the federal government implemented the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010. They have been heard, and by mid-September will see big changes in the foods offered in their school.

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Fremont Elementary earns state Reward School designation

Fremont Elementary has been designated as a High Achieving Reward School for 2014-15 by New York State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. Fremont is recognized as a school leading the state toward the accomplishment of educational excellence through an increase in student achievement.

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F-M Superintendent to retire at the end of 2014-15

Dr. Corliss Kaiser ends ten years in district

The 2014-15 school year will be Dr. Corliss Kaiser’s last as the Fayetteville-Manlius School District Superintendent. Kaiser announced Aug. 28 during her opening day staff presentation that she will retire on June 30, 2015 after 46 years working in the field of education, including 10 as the F-M superintendent. She joined the district on July 1, 2005.

Candidates sought for appointment to ESM school board

The East Syracuse Minoa Board of Education is seeking qualified applicants to fill a board seat left vacant when Allison Tyminski Rumschik resigned effective Aug. 25, 2014.

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The ‘Geek’ life

Fayetteville Library’s Geek Girl Camp encourages science, engineering, technology and math careers for girls

It’s not very common to find a public library that offers a week-long summer camp experience for kids. But the Fayetteville Free Library did just that from July 28 through Aug. 1, when it offered the first ever “Geek Girl Camp” for Central New York girls.

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No child left behind

Manlius author publishes book promoting awareness of changing family dynamics

During his more than 20 years of teaching in elementary schools in Brooklyn, Atlanta and Washington DC, Jason Galvez taught many different classes, several subjects and hundreds of students. And during his time working in Washington, DC, only one of his students came from a home with a mother and a father.

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ESM honors partnerships with SUNY-ESF and the village of Minoa

East Syracuse Minoa Central School District students benefit greatly from rewarding partnerships with the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry (SUNY ESF) and the village of Minoa’s Cleanwater Educational Research Facility (CERF). The District honored both at a “Partnership for Learning” recognition on May 15.

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F-M students gain real-world work experience through internships

Several Fayetteville-Manlius High School students recently had the opportunity to compete for a scholarship while earning some real-world work experience.

Mayor Olson attends Maker Faire at the White House

Fayetteville Mayor Mark Olson was one of 20 mayors from across the nation invited to join President Barack Obama on June 18 for the first-ever Maker Faire, held at the White House. Olson also joined a policy discussion with senior Obama Administration officials to discuss support for manufacturing communities on economic, infrastructure and community revitalization.

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ESM students, community organizations simulate DWI accident

On June 11, the Manlius Police Department, East Syracuse and Minoa Fire Departments, E.A.V.E.S first responders, medical examiners and representatives from Schepp Family Funeral Homes were on the scene at East Syracuse Minoa High School for what appeared to be a two-car drunk driving accident.

Rain barrels looking even better for Park Hill and Franklin Park residents

The town of Dewitt is joining forces with CNY Central New York Decorative Artists chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters to offer rain barrel painting assistance for residents of the Franklin Park and Park Hill neighborhoods.

Upstate Medical University Scholarship Awarded to Fayetteville woman

The Nursing Alumni Association of Upstate Medical University awarded Christine L. Kirkman, of Fayetteville, the $1,000 Nursing Scholarship for Advanced Practice as she completed the master’s degree this May for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the College of Nursing, Class of 2014.

Fayetteville Library teams up with Webucator to offer free training to members

The Fayetteville Free Library has joined forces with Webucator, a national training company headquartered in Fayetteville, to offer free technology and business skills training to its members. The courses, which are offered online and are self-paced, can be taken at the FFL or from members’ homes.