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Educators  and community leaders talk about how to collaborate. Photo: Sarah Harris
Educators and community leaders talk about how to collaborate. Photo: Sarah Harris

Will community partnerships save North Country schools?

The 2014-2015 New York State budget grants an additional $1.1 billion to schools. It sounds like a lot of money.

But many North Country schools are still struggling financially. They're not getting the state aid they need. They've cut staff and classes. And next year, many schools still have will have to dip into their fund balances to pay for programs. Yesterday at St. Lawrence University, educators and community leaders came together at an annual gathering called the North Country Symposium. This year, they talked about how to keep schools and the economy strong.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo Photo: Mark Kurtz
Governor Andrew Cuomo Photo: Mark Kurtz

Cuomo urges consolidation on small "insolvent" school districts

Gov. Andrew Cuomo took aim again yesterday at small upstate and Northern New York school districts, which he says need to consolidate to survive. "You have many small school districts that are almost insolvent from an economic point of view, due to their size," Cuomo said.  Go to full article
Slide from Gov. Cuomo's 2014 Budget Address last month.
Slide from Gov. Cuomo's 2014 Budget Address last month.

Counties: not everyone thinks consolidation is a money-saver

In last month's budget proposal address, Governor Cuomo put pressure on local governments to consolidate in order to reduce property taxes and save money.

The New York State Association of Counties is holding its legislative conference in Albany this week, and a new report on government consolidation is on the agenda. Not everyone is convinced mergers are a money saver.  Go to full article

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Dairy cows at Greenwood Dairy, in Canton, NY. Photo: Nora Flaherty
Dairy cows at Greenwood Dairy, in Canton, NY. Photo: Nora Flaherty

Report says consolidation hurting farms and communities

It's a strange time for the North Country's dairy farmers.
On one hand, Congress' failure to pass a new farm bill has meant the loss of a safety net if milk prices drop or feed costs rise. On the other hand, the soaring popularity of Greek yogurt is offering what New York's dairy leaders call a "once in a generation" opportunity to shore up an industry that's been eroding for decades.

New York has lost about two-thirds of its dairy farms since the 1980s. The ones that remain have gotten bigger.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake school board President Debra Lennon, left, and Lake Placid school board President Mary Dietrich lead a discussion about sharing services between the two districts at a joint board meeting Wednesday in Saranac Lake. Photo: Adirondack Enterprise <br />
Saranac Lake school board President Debra Lennon, left, and Lake Placid school board President Mary Dietrich lead a discussion about sharing services between the two districts at a joint board meeting Wednesday in Saranac Lake. Photo: Adirondack Enterprise

Schools may share, but not the top job

Schools in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake open with vacancies in the top office this fall. And it looks as if sharing a superintendent is off the table for two school districts, at least for now.

But in a rare joint meeting this week, the school boards agreed to look into other ways they could share services.  Go to full article

Battle over SUNY administration consolidation continues

The battle over shared administration at SUNY's Canton and Potsdam campuses continued today, as the Canton campus' faculty assembly passed a resolution opposing a shared presidency.
The organization includes SUNY Canton's vice presidents, deans, teaching faculty and professional staff.  Go to full article
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Two town of Brownville village fire departments urge consolidation

Small fire departments that rely on volunteers and local support are struggling to survive. Fire departments in the neighboring villages of Brownville and Dexter are urging residents to support a merger and a new form of governance. One fire chief says consolidating will make funding and firefighting simpler for the rural towns of Jefferson County. Joanna Richards reports.  Go to full article

SUNY Canton fundraising hurt by recent kerfuffle, not Potsdam

Officials with SUNY Canton say the recent announcement that the college would be losing its popular president Joe Kennedy next year has meant a loss of donations. The State University of New York in Albany intends for the Canton college to share a president with SUNY Potsdam.
SUNY Canton officials say they five substantial alumni gifts have been delayed following the announcements.  Go to full article
SUNY Provost David Lavallee talks with SUNY Canton and Potsdam councils
SUNY Provost David Lavallee talks with SUNY Canton and Potsdam councils

SUNY apologizes, but still plans one president in Canton and Potsdam

State University officials from Albany apologized to representatives from SUNY Canton today for removing the college's popular president without first informing school leaders. Still, SUNY officials said the plan is for one president to lead the SUNY colleges in Canton and Potsdam. Julie Grant was there, and files this report.  Go to full article

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