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Budget Could Include Attendance Teachers, Keep Class Size Low

Budget Could Include Attendance Teachers, Keep Class Size Low

Buffalo Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Barbara J. Smith submitted two options to the Buffalo School Board in an Operations and Finance Committee meeting tonight, May 18th.

Smith told the board that she was looking at two possibilities for if-come restorations in the 2011-12 budget, based on past discussions of board issues.  She speculated that those priority items as she understands them involve keeping class sizes below the maximum number and the return of attendance teachers.

Board Member John Licata quipped that if there aren’t attendance teachers, the schools may not need to worry about overcrowded classrooms.

Burgard High School Celebrates High Achievers

Burgard High School Celebrates High Achievers

Fifty-eight Burgard High School honor and merit roll students achieved averages of 85 and better during the 3rd quarter marking period. The scholars were treated to a continental breakfast and awarded certificates that acknowledge their accomplishments.   

In a special program, the dedicated students were welcomed by fellow student, Tatyana Thomas, followed by a congratulatory message by Principal Brian Wiesinger. 

Several staff members contributed refreshments for the event, as did Dunkin Donuts and Wegmans.  A raffle was then held by lottery so that a few lucky scholars could win either a Barnes and Nobles gift card or an MP3 player.

Diocesan Foundation Grant Spurs BISON Fund Expansion

Diocesan Foundation Grant Spurs BISON Fund Expansion

The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has agreed to enter into a three-year partnership with the BISON Scholarship Fund, a privately-funded program that provides tuition assistance to eligible low-income children.

Beginning with the 2011-12 academic year, the foundation will provide a $600,000 grant to the fund. This grant will replace the Catholic Elementary Tuition Assistance Program (CTAP) funding for the term of the agreement. CTAP provides needs-based tuition assistance for Catholic and non-Catholic students registered at any Catholic elementary school in the diocese.

School #65 Raises Money for a Good Cause

School #65 Raises Money for a Good Cause

Students at Roosevelt ECC #65 participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Pasta program. For the months of January and February, children were encouraged to collect pennies, change and currency to raise money to support the research of leukemia, lymphoma and blood cancers.

Funds raised from Pennies for Pasta will help support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s programs of blood cancer research and local patient aid and services. The Western New York and Finger Lakes Chapter currently funds nine research projects at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University of Rochester. The local Chapter also has approximately 2,200 patients on their roster. 

Regents Adopts Evaluation Standards for Teachers and Principals

Regents Adopts Evaluation Standards for Teachers and Principals

The New York State Board of Regents today adopted regulations that will implement a statewide teacher and principal performance evaluation system that includes multiple measures of educator effectiveness. The regulations, which will take effect during the 2011-2012 school year, are required by legislation enacted last year. The new law establishes a comprehensive evaluation system for all classroom teachers and building principals in New York. These evaluations will play a significant role in a wide array of employment decisions, including promotion, retention, tenure determinations, termination, and supplemental compensation, and will be a significant factor in teacher and principal professional development.

Buffalo State Named to National Community Service Honor Roll

Buffalo State Named to National Community Service Honor Roll

Buffalo State College has been named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognition of its strong commitment to volunteering, service learning, and civic engagement.

Buffalo State’s Volunteer and Service-Learning Center handled the application process for the award, identifying 100,693 hours of volunteer work in the Western New York community by students, faculty, and staff in 2010.

WNY Schools Ranked by Efficiency

WNY Schools Ranked by Efficiency

Business First - by G. Scott Thomas

Frontier is the most efficient school district in Western New York, according to annual ratings posted by Business First.

Frontier pushed ahead of Lancaster, which was last year's regional leader in administrative efficiency. Lancaster is No. 2 this year.

Rounding out the top five are North Tonawanda, Williamsville and East Aurora.

Business First annually rates the academic performance of all Western New York school districts. This year's academic ratings will be released in early June.

But the rankings of administrative efficiency are separate, designed to identify those districts that have the tightest budgets and leanest staffs, regardless of academic performance. These ratings are especially timely now, since school budget votes are just days away.