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Education

NCCC plans mostly online classes in fall

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College classes will be mostly online this fall semester. There will be a few exceptions for classes where “learning outcomes are best supported by face-to-face instruction,” the college announced in a press release Friday. These include select ...

Mail-in school election turnout is high as local budgets pass

School election and budget election results are in, and voters in each of the Tri-Lakes districts passed their budgets with unusually high numbers of voter participation, including Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, each district was required to conduct ...

Lake Placid schools plan unique events for graduates

LAKE PLACID — Just when people thought high school seniors may get robbed of their end-of-the-year memories due to social distancing mandates from the coronavirus pandemic, the Class of 2020 may actually make more lasting memories than previous generations. Obviously, social events have ...

Lake Placid schools busy with construction

LAKE PLACID — Students may be learning from home during the coronavirus pandemic, but there is still plenty of activity at the two Lake Placid Central School District buildings. “It’s a very busy place,” LPCS Superintendent Roger Catania said Wednesday, May 27, referring to ...

Tri-Lakes school districts will break early for summer

Schools are beginning summer break early this year. How early depends mostly on their disrupted spring break schedule. Tupper Lake students got in a one-week February break before the coronavirus pandemic prompted the state to move classes online, so they will stay in school a little ...

Tri-Lakes schools will break early for summer

Schools are beginning summer break early this year. How early depends mostly on their disrupted spring break schedule. Tupper Lake students got in a one-week February break before the coronavirus pandemic prompted the state to move classes online, so they will stay in school a little ...

Local high schools prepare unique send-offs for seniors

Lawn signs dot the front yards of local high school seniors, some schools are planning parades, and the Class of 2020 is preparing for what will surely be unique commencement ceremonies. Saranac Lake High School has announced that each student’s commencement will be recorded separately. ...

Camp Treetops in Lake Placid cancels 2020 summer season

LAKE PLACID — Officials at Camp Treetops at North Country School announced last week that they are canceling the 2020 summer season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Camp Director Karen Culpepper wrote about the decision on the Treetops blog Saturday, May 16, titled, “An Important and ...

Local schools plan to stay under state tax cap for upcoming budgets

Local school districts aim to keep their tax levy increases below or at the state cap for the next academic year. But the state may cut school aid further as the coronavirus pandemic reduces tax revenue, so district officials are mentally preparing to make more cuts. Public voting on these ...

Paul Smith’s grads attend Zoom commencement

PAUL SMITHS — Paul Smith’s College 74th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9 would have been blanketed in a layer of early-May snow if it had been held at the shore of Lower St. Regis Lake, but this year the coronavirus moved the ceremony online. As approximately 140 Smitties ...

Local schools plan to stay under tax cap

Local school districts aim to keep their tax levy increases below or at the state cap for the next academic year. But the state may cut school aid further as the coronavirus pandemic reduces tax revenue, so district officials are mentally preparing to make more cuts if they need to. Public ...

Schools to pay for mail-in elections

Gov. Andrew Cuomo moved school budget votes and board of education elections to a mailed ballot system by executive order on May 1, and ever since, school districts have been in a time crunch to get everything ready for voters to cast their ballots by June 9, the new last day to submit ...

Parade honors Keene Central Class of 2020

KEENE — Milestones can come in different forms. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has gone far beyond public health. For the high school Class of 2020, it’s meant the loss of what many see as important rites of passage, like prom and senior trips. Other milestones, like high school ...

Traditional graduation, untraditional methods

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision on Friday, May 1 to keep schools closed and students distance learning for the rest of the school year due to the coronavirus provided some guidance to local schools on what to do for graduation, but each district is still unclear on the specifics of the ...

Local schools ready to continue distance learning

Local school superintendents say they think Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the right call on Friday, May 1 when he announced that schools in New York would remain closed and students would continue distance learning at least through the end of the school year. “While it’s a difficult one, I ...

Grading simplified to pass or fail in Saranac Lake, Lake Placid

Saranac Lake and Lake Placid schools have changed their grading system for the fourth quarter to pass or fail. This system will eliminate number or alphabetical grades and instead gives the students an overall grade of if they passed or failed the course. Saranac Lake Central School ...

Store to honor AVCS seniors

AuSABLE FORKS — AuSable Valley Central School District teacher Kristi Hackett plans to decorate a Main Street storefront to honor graduating seniors. She’ll be decorating the empty storefront her husband co-owns with the names and photographs of the students. She has ordered a banner to ...

Paul Smith’s College will cap year with live video graduation

PAUL SMITHS — Last week, Paul Smith’s College mailed out caps and gowns to approximately 140 graduating Smitties, who will be able to log on for commencement May 9 and see their professors and fellow graduates, live. College Chief Marketing Officer Shannon Oborne said the college’s ...

North Country Community College plans video commencement for graduates

SARANAC LAKE — There will be no students walking in to “Pomp and Circumstance,” caps being thrown sky-high or family members sounding air horns when they were explicitly told not to, but North Country Community College officials still say they are trying to give students a memorable ...

EYE ON SPORTS: Clock running out on a possible school spring sports season

LAKE PLACID — Usually at this time of year, John Burdick could probably be seen in the afternoon at a high school baseball game or a track meet. As the director of athletics, as well a longtime coach for the Lake Placid Central School District, Burdick has been a familiar face at Blue ...