There are at least two reasons that it seems difficult for people to reflect on the pending retirement of Dale Bates, district business manager and assistant superintendent at Skaneateles Central Schools. First, they grieve at even the mention of his departure. Second, they find it difficult to summarize the magnitude of his impact on the Skaneateles Central School District — and thus, the entire Skaneateles community — over the past 30 years. In short, Skaneateles would not be what it is today without the man who played a pivotal role in making the district great.
As controversies over Common Core and mandated standardized tests become more and more prevalent, many parents are choosing a new option in educating their children: homeschooling. Once the sole province of the very religious, homeschooling is becoming more popular every day, with a growth rate of 7 to 15 percent per year. Nationwide, about 2 million children learn at home instead of in a brick-and-mortar school, up from about 1 million in 2003. According to the U.S. Department of Education, about 88 percent of U.S. homeschool parents express concern about the school environment, citing drugs, negative peer pressure and general safety.
Students experience full immersion while living with local families
Picture yourself clambering over ancient Mayan pyramids deep in the jungle, scrambling up an active volcano or wandering through orderly rows of red berried coffee trees.
The 2014 DeVesty-Williams Scholarship will be awarded in early May by members of the Syracuse Press Club at its annual awards banquet. This $2,000 scholarship will be given to one full-time undergraduate student, who is majoring in print or broadcast journalism at a college/university in the Syracuse Press Club service area. The student scholarship recipient also must be a permanent resident of one of the following counties: Onondaga, Madison, Cortland, Cayuga, Oswego, Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Herkimer, Oneida, Otsego, Delaware, Chenango, Broome, Tioga, Chemung, Tompkins, Wayne, Seneca, Schuyler and Yates. A student’s college residence is not considered a permanent residence. All students who fit the above criteria are encouraged to apply.
If people could really understand what has happened to the finances of their local school districts, they would be scared, worried — or so outraged that they would march to Albany and shout until they were heard.
The Skaneateles School Board will discuss entering into a contract with the Weedsport Central School District to share business manager services at its next meeting.
The Skaneateles School District will not adopt property tax exemptions for veterans this year.
State Gap Elimination Adjustment policy shown to be inequitable, harmful to CNY school districts
Attendees of a Feb. 4 education forum in Auburn were asked to consider: “Are our children any less important than other children in New York State?”
Gary Gerst was excited to walk into Skaneateles Middle School as principal on Feb. 3, but that doesn’t mean it was easy to say goodbye to Waterman School on Friday. It seems it’s never easy for kids, parents, teachers or principals to say goodbye to Waterman.
School districts in Central New York and beyond are in trouble, and it’s time we do something about it. That’s the message behind a pair of forums to be held Feb. 4 and 5 in Auburn and North Syracuse by the Central New York School Boards Association (CNY SBA) in conjunction with the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison, Cayuga-Onondaga, Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga and Oswego County BOCES. The forums, which will take place at Auburn West Middle School and North Syracuse Junior High School, respectively, will focus on the major factors causing those financial issues and how school administrators, teachers and community members can make a difference.
The Skaneateles School Board will make a decision next month that could potentially affect property taxes for people throughout the district. The board discussed the possibility of enrolling in a new voluntary state program allowing local veterans to sign up for real property tax exemptions, at its Jan. 21 meeting.
Zoom Room including computers, camera equipment made possible by education foundation grant
Teachers, school administrators and community members gathered in Skaneateles High School on Wednesday, Jan. 22 to cut the ribbon and celebrate the opening of the school’s new Zoom Room.
A much-awaited package arrived at Skaneateles Middle School from Kazakhstan recently. The package, filled with gifts for a group of seventh and eighth graders, is the most recent in a series of exchanges between two groups of students who are a world apart, but who hope to someday be together.
At the suggestion of board member Geralyn Huba, the Skaneateles Board of Education might be starting its search for a new superintendent of schools earlier than planned.
Skaneateles lacrosse coach recognized by National Federation of High Schools
A Skaneateles lacrosse coach has received a national recognition for her accomplishments. Bridget Marquardt, varsity girls lacrosse coach for Skaneateles High School, was recently named a National Federation of High Schools Regional Coach of the Year.