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Education

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 ...

LPHS rearranges schedule

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid High School students returned from spring break Monday, April 20 to a new, more structured phase of its remote teaching program. Lake Placid Central School District Superintendent Roger Catania said high school Principal Tammy Casey “has been on the front lines ...

North Country Community College moves 230 classes online

SARANAC LAKE — Contacting each student by phone, email or text. Loaning laptops to students who don’t have computers at home. Providing support for students and staff on how to work remotely. Those are just some of the initiatives North Country Community College has carried out as part ...

UP CLOSE: Young magician pulls hope out of hat

In late December, Ausable Valley Central School senior Wyatt Hackett flew to Miami, Florida to audition for the “America’s Got Talent” TV show. Hackett is a magician who has showcased his talents at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center and at Rudy’s Chalet Whiteface in ...

ON THE SCENE: Keene Central staff, students stay connected as best they can

On March 18, the state Education Department, following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s March 16 Executive Order 202.4, required all school districts, charter schools and non-public schools close for two weeks until March 31. That date has since been extended to April 19 and is likely to be extended ...

New York state cancels Regents exams

New York state’s Regents exams, a June tradition and usually a requirement for high school graduation, have been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the state Education Department. If seniors are passing their Regents courses, they will be able to achieve their ...

Locals make face shields for health workers

LAKE PLACID — People around the North Country are using 3D printers to make face shields for health care workers. Institutions involved so far include Northwood School, the Lake Placid and Saranac Lake central school districts, SUNY Canton, and Mountain Orthotic and Prosthetics Services of ...

NCCC will be remote all semester, including graduation

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College employees will continue to work remotely through the end of the semester, and classes will resume online March 30 as planned. In an email message to faculty, staff and students on Friday, March 27, college President Joe Keegan outlined the ...

Northwood campus closed, including Cobble trailhead

LAKE PLACID — The Northwood School campus — including the Cobble Mountain trailhead access from Northwood School property — is closed to the public, as per Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “New York State On PAUSE” order, school officials announced last week. Residents may continue to access ...

Tradition of spring break in local schools is broken

New York is putting the brakes on spring break this year, telling schools to keep up their remote instruction of students during the coronavirus pandemic so they stay up on their studies. Districts that don’t comply may lose state aid. --- Saranac Lake --- Superintendent Diane Fox ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID podcast: Jenny Winch, Lake Placid Elementary School teacher

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed Lake Placid Elementary School third-grade teacher Jenny Winch at her home in Wilmington, where she was self-quarantining and distance teaching during the coronavirus pandemic while the schools were closed. Listen to a portion of ...