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LETTER: If enrollment is down, why are taxes going up?

To the editor: Just finished reading the column by Russ Tarby in the Star-Review about our high school taxes in the county [“Consensus kicks door open to future tax relief,” page 4, Feb. 3]. The one thing that was missing from the column was that, as taxpayers, we still continue to approve the school budgets that come up for a vote each year. Maybe it’s about time the taxpayers started voting down the budget and forced the school administrators and boards of education to find other ways to educate the kids that are more cost-effective.

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LETTER: Tarby gives unrealistic view of school taxes, demographics

To the editor: Reading Russ Tarby’s article, “Consensus kicks door open to future tax relief” [page 4, Feb. 3] one is lead to believe that the Liverpool school district “demands” money from its taxpayers and that those budget increases are somehow out of line with the district’s needs. Let’s take a closer look at the reality.

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Building blocks of learning

L’pool students use Legos to learn about simple machines

Students in Carolyn Spach’s first grade classroom spend a lot of their science time playing with Legos.

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L'pool BOE lays groundwork for start time discussion

The Liverpool Central School District Board of Education has already decided it needs to at least look into later start times at the high school. Now the BOE has to determine what else a new committee on modified school start times should examine.

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Liverpool schools to explore later start time for high school

Sleepyheaded high schoolers in the Liverpool Central School District may have reason to rejoice: the Modified School Start Time Committee has recommended that the district pursue a plan to start classes later in the morning at Liverpool High School.

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EDITORIAL: Liverpool moving in the right direction on student sleep

The Liverpool Central School District took another step in the right direction last week when the board of education agreed to further examine the possibility of having high school classes start later in the morning.

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NSCSD seeks input from community

District sends survey to residents

The North Syracuse Central School District is looking for help from the community to improve the way it serves its students.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Session to focus on families, students, small businesses and ethics

The beginning of the state legislative session, like the beginning of a new calendar year, is a time for reflection and goal setting. It reminds us to improve ourselves and the world around us through hard work and determination. As the new session gets underway, I’d like to take this opportunity to share my reflections and goals with you.

Application process for ‘Get On Your Feet’ Student Loan Forgiveness Program now open

Deputy Majority Leader Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that New York State began accepting applications for a new student loan forgiveness program Thursday, Dec. 31.  

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Remembering 2015

A look back at the year that was

It was a big year in the north suburbs, one that included headlines in the fields of politics, education and sports. Read on for the top 10 stories in the towns of Cicero, Clay and Salina in 2015, as well as some of our most notable photos.

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LBE launches backpack program for students in need

School community provides food donations for hungry families

In the two and a half years since she became the school nurse at Long Branch Elementary School in Liverpool, Bianca Marcoccia noticed that more and more kids seemed to be coming to her hungry.

Liverpool Dollars for Scholars to host upcoming fundraisers

The Liverpool branch of Dollars for Scholars will host the following fundraisers to help provide scholarships for Liverpool High School’s graduating seniors:

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Cicero nixes public comment on agenda items

Residents still may speak during ‘public input’

Cicero residents with something to say will have to speak at the end of town board meetings or forever hold their peace. The town board voted 4-0 in Councilor Mike Becallo’s absence Dec. 9 to rescind the June 11, 2014, motion allowing public input for each agenda item.

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COLUMN: Next Cicero Citizens Police Academy should be more hands-on

While I’ve come away from the class with a new respect for the boys and girls in blue, I wish I had learned more practical ways to handle an emergency.

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Don’t be fooled by non-approved Career & Technical Education programming

In recent years, many Central New York school districts and BOCES have answered the call and created CTE opportunities for their students.