Education news

The Geneva City School District's $48.8 million dollar budget failed to get the needed super majority of voters to pass on Tuesday.

School Superintendent Trina  Newton says she was disappointed for the children in the district.

Under a state formula, Geneva was limited to a .34 percent tax levy increase.

They were seeking 1.95 percent, so a super majority of 60 percent of the voters was needed.

The plan failed to pass by just 24 votes.

At the end of this school year, students in the Rochester City School District will be sent home for the summer with an armload of books.

It's part of an annual effort to prevent what's known as "the summer slide" - the literacy loss that often occurs in between school years.

And now, researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center say they know how to make that program even more effective:  Let students pick out books they actually want to read.

School budgets were approved in most area districts on Tuesday night. One exception was in the Geneva City School District. The spending plan there saw  676 yes votes and 490 opposed.

But because the budget, with a tax rate hike of just under two percent exceeded the tax cap under a state formula, a "supermajority"  of a 60 percent "yes" vote would have been needed for passage, and Tuesday's voting saw the 'yes' votes come in at just under 58 percent. However the library budget and school bus purchase in Geneva did pass.

West Irondequoit Voters Deciding Upon School Budget

May 19, 2015
Alex Crichton

Last year, voters in the West Irondequoit School District twice rejected a budget that attempted to override the state's property tax cap.

So the district ran under an austerity plan, and many residents raised funds to help pay for some programs.

This year's spending plan restores those programs, and proposes a 2.6 percent tax increase, below the state's cap of 3.1 percent.

That's according to James Brennan, Assistant Superintendent for Finance with the West Irondequoit School District.

Greece School Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams, who announced recently she is leaving that district, is headed for Boston.

She will become Senior Deputy Superintendent of Operations. That word came recently from Boston's newly-appointed Supt., Tommy Chang.  He sent a memo to the Boston schools community announcing key members of his leadership team.

Deane-Williams has been Greece Supt. since 2011, and submitted a letter of retirement effective July 1st. She has worked as a school administrator for 30 years, the last 10 as superintendent.

School Budget Voting On Tuesday

May 18, 2015

With school districts ready to vote on budgets and board members on Tuesday, those districts are dealing with a number of issues, including new unfunded state mandates, complying with Common Core standards, and uncertainty over new teacher evaluations.

That's according to the executive director of the Monroe County School Boards Association, Jody Siegle.

She says the state hasn't fulfilled its promise of mandate relief after imposing a tax cap.

The University of Rochester  Board of Trustees has named Wegmans CEO Danny Wegman as its board chairman-elect. He will begin a five-year term in that post a year from now.

Besides heading up the supermarket chain, Wegman's other roles include co-chairing the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council.

In 2010 Wegman received the university's George Eastman Medal, which honors outstanding professional achievement and dedicated service.

Wegman will succeed Edmund Hajim, who was elected chairman in 2008.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging the way New York state funds charter schools.

The lawsuit was filed in state Supreme Court last September by five charter school families from Buffalo and Rochester, and the Northeast Charter Schools Network.

It claims the state has been shortchanging charter schools through a funding formula that delivers only a portion of the resources received by traditional public schools.

Lawyers are scheduled to argue the case in Buffalo Thursday.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and 10 fellow state Attorneys General have sent a letter to the U.S. Education Secretary, expressing concern about information the federal government has provided to students affected by the sudden closure of 30 colleges operated by Corinthian Colleges.

That includes Everest Institute in Irondequoit.  That school closed April 27, and Schneiderman says that left around 400 students, many dealing with student loans, worried and confused about their options.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing tax credits of up to $500 for low-income families who enroll their children in private schools.

The Democratic governor announced the measure Tuesday at an event on Long Island where he was joined by Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Cuomo also wants the state to offer tax credits for private donations to public schools and scholarships for students from low- and middle-income families who attend either private schools or public schools outside of their local district.