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F-M voters approve $77.9 million budget; elect three board members

On May 20, Fayetteville-Manlius School District voters approved the district’s $77.9 million 2014-15 budget proposal, elected three Board of Education members and approved the purchase of five new school buses.

ESM teacher to receive Clarkson University award

Jennifer Shatrau, of Clay, motivates her students to achieve great success. Shatrau is one of four recipients of this year's Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educator Award.

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F-M High School students win Scholastic Writing Awards

14 Fayetteville-Manlius High School student writers were recently recognized for excellence in writing in the 2014 Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards.

DeWitt encouraging residents to ‘Save the Rain’ with rain barrel program

Free rain barrels to be provided to Park Hill and Franklin Park residents

Over the last few years, DeWitt Supervisor Ed Michalenko has been getting an outpouring of calls from residents whose basements have been flooding. And Michalenko said it’s no coincidence. Before the year 2000, the town of DeWitt never received more than four inches of rain in a 24-hour period. But since then, the town has had rainfalls totaling more than four inches five or six times in a 24-hour period.

F-M receives school safety excellence award

The Utica National Insurance Group recently recognized Fayetteville-Manlius School District's efforts in keeping students, staff and visitors safe with a "School Safety Excellence Award."

ESM technology teacher wins TACNY Outstanding Teacher award

It’s hard not to be impressed by the quality of the nomination package for Michael Ferris, a business and technology teacher at East Syracuse Minoa High School who teaches the television production classes. The SUNY Cortland grad — he has both a bachelor and master’s degrees from there — received six letters of support, including four from former students who are working in the television industry.

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F-M students participate in drunk driving accident simulation

With prom and graduation around the corner, Fayetteville-Manlius High School students recently received a first-hand look at the consequences of drinking and driving.

F-M High School named one of the best high schools in nation

U.S. News & World Report has again named Fayetteville-Manlius High School one of the best high schools in the nation.

OCM BOCES to host Common Core academies for educators

Central New York educators can take advantage of courses designed to help them implement the Common Core curriculum at OCM BOCES next week. From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 27 and 28, educators in the Syracuse area can attend Discovery Education’s Common Core Academies at BOCES’ Central New York Regional Information Center, 6075 East Molloy Road, Syracuse. The courses will be lead by Common Core state standards expert Dr. Karen Beerer and hosted by Discovery Education, a publisher and content provider that offers textbooks and multimedia content that support Common Core implementation.

OCC child care faces cuts

Community college students may soon have a harder time finding child care while they go to school. In his 2014-15 executive budget proposal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed cutting $653,000 from the state’s operating grant to the State University of New York’s child care centers. The cut would come in addition to a reduction in the federal Child Care Block Grant, which subsidizes care for children of needy student-parents. While the New York State Senate restored Cuomo’s cut in their budget proposal, advocates say the cuts faced by SUNY centers in the last several years are still devastating and need to be restored. And it’s community colleges that will likely see the most damaging consequences.

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MPH named ‘Best Delegation’ at London MUN conference

Charging into international competition, Manlius Pebble Hill School’s Model United Nations team won eight major awards and commendations and was named Best Medium Sized Delegation at the recent London International Model United Nations Conference (LIMUN).

Get rid of the GEA now

According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York is looking at a $2 million budget surplus. Cuomo has talked a lot about the surplus and his plans for it. Unfortunately for him, it’s not his money to spend.

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WCNY-FM offers special radio service for blind and visually impaired

For more than three decades, WCNY-FM has been serving the blind and visually-impaired residents of Central New York with a special radio service called READ-OUT.

OCC to host business conference

Onondaga Community College is more than just an asset for students seeking an associate’s degree in one of the numerous programs they offer. OCC is home to the NYS Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The SBDC provides one-on-one advisement to start up and existing businesses. OCC staff at the SBDC consists of small business advisors who can advise an entrepreneur on making their business a success. The SBDC works with businesses of all varieties; home based, e-commerce, manufacturing firms — small to large. Services provided by the SBDC are free and confidential. Additionally, the SBDC partners with statewide agencies which provide a strong network of support. Some of the support the SBDC can assist with is business plan development, small business start-ups, organizational structures, exporting, cost analysis, marketing, financial management, financing strategies, training programs, business expansion, selling a business and research.

F-M proposes no program cuts or reductions in 2014-15

Fayetteville-Manlius School District officials are proposing a 2014-15 budget that includes no major cuts to existing programs and services and allows the district to convert its half-day kindergarten program to full-day – a change that the state will fully pay for in its first year.