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GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) — Some young Indiana Joneses in the making have dug up an ancient artifact dating back thousands of years while attending a summer camp at a New York college.

Officials at the State University of New York at Geneseo say fifth through 11th graders from Rochester public schools were excavating an area on campus when they found the base of a projectile point that's believed to be 3,000 to 6,000 years old.

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Former Greece Central School District Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams was appointed as the new Rochester City School District Superintendent Monday afternoon.

Williams said it was an unanticipated choice, when she received a call about the position in late June. She had committed to another year working as Deputy Superintendent with Boston Public Schools, but the opportunity to come back and work with Rochester was one she could not pass up.

The Rochester City School Board on Monday voted unanimously to hire former Greece School District Supt. Barbara Deane-Williams.

Deane-Williams retired in Greece last year, and then became a senior deputy superintendent for Boston Public Schools.

She started as Greece supt. in 2011.  Deane-Williams will fill a spot vacant since Bolgen Vargas stepped down last December. Vargas stayed on the payroll in an advisory capacity after that time.

Two RIT professors have won more than $1 million in federal funding in the area of gravitational-wave astronomy.

Carlos Lousto and Manuela Campanelli, won separate multi-year grants from the National Science Foundation.

The $600,000 grant will support Lousto's research modeling black holes orbiting and colliding with each other under extreme conditions.

The University of Rochester has just completed its Meliora Challenge, that’s a massive, multi-year fundraising campaign which raised nearly $1.4  billion, about 14 percent above its goal.

U of R President Joel Seligman says the university never had a campaign of this scope before, but he says it's vital for the institution to be able to continue its mission. 

“It was absolutely critical to galvanize resources to support faculty, students, new programs and facilities in ways that are absolutely vital. We are competing in a very tough league.”

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Eight charter schools in Rochester and New York City are getting $500,000 each to share what makes them successful.

The New York State Education Department announced the three-year, federally funded grants on Wednesday.

The schools are to use the grants to disseminate their best practices to school districts, including school leadership structures, professional development programs, disciplinary practices and school calendar changes.

The former Dean of the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester has started his new job, as the next president of Alfred University. His first day in that role was Friday.

Mark Zupan most recently was director of the Bradley Policy Center and was also a professor of economics and public policy at Simon. He served as the school's dean for ten years until 2014.

He succeeds Charles Edmondson, who has been president at Alfred since 2000. Edmondson is retiring.

A group of RIT students took first place Monday in a competition designed to end extremism. 

The competition is sponsored in part by the U.S. State Department as a way of countering hateful extremist rhetoric, by groups like ISIS and others, in various online sites and social media.

A team of 17 RIT students, many of them marketing majors, was one of three finalists in this competition which also includes a team from Azerbaijan and Brussels. Five of the 17 students traveled to Washington to represent RIT.

The Rochester Board of Education is extending its search for a new school superintendent, after the board failed to reach an agreement with its chosen candidate.

It was rumored earlier this month that Luvelle Brown, superintendent of the Ithaca School District, had been selected to lead Rochester schools. WHCUradio in Ithaca reported Tuesday that Luvelle said he will remain in Ithaca as long as the community and the school board want him to.

The second time was the charm for the supporters of the Brockport School District budget.

The first time the nearly $79 million dollar spending plan went before voters in May, it was defeated by a vote of 625 in favor and 882 opposed.

But in this Tuesday’s voting, the plan was approved 764 in favor and 348 against, a more than 2-to-1 margin giving their approval.

One change this time around was that the district’s support staff union and the teachers’ union both came out in favor of the spending plan.