Ticonderoga, NY, Feb 16, 2012 — North Country Public Radio has been checking in with schools around our region that are struggling with major budget shortfalls. Many districts have seen sharp declines in state aid over the last two years.
They also face rising costs for pensions and healthcare. And now they're also trying to live within the new two percent cap on property tax increases.
Around 200 people from various St. Lawrence County school districts gathered in Canton Central's high school auditorium last night to talk about how to bring about change in the way New York distributes state aid. The Watertown Daily Times reports some suggested filing a class-action lawsuit against the current formula.
Two busloads of students and adults are planning a bus trip to Albany to lobby lawmakers later this month.
Brian Mann was in Ticonderoga for a public meeting last night, where locals rolled up their sleeves and tried to sketch out a future for their public schools. Go to full article
American Management Association has trained execs since the 1920s
Dec 19, 2008 — One of America's oldest management-training companies in the U.S. is also one of the biggest private employers in Saranac Lake. The American Management Association, based in New York City, offers guidance and skills-development to executives wrestling with the sour economy. But AMA is itself facing tough times. Fewer companies have the budgets to pay for AMA's training courses and declining enrollments have triggered lay-offs. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann has our story. Go to full article
Nov 28, 2008 — Melinda Little has been a private business owner and entrepreneur in Saranac Lake for years. Last February, she took a job with the American Management Association, a national management training company with offices in Saranac Lake. But then, in late October, Little was laid-off. She was hit by the wave of jobs cuts and hiring freezes that has swept companies and government agencies across New York state. According to a study released last week by the state Comptroller's office, another 225,000 jobs could be lost statewide over the next year. Melinda Little agreed to sit down with Brian Mann to talk about what it's like to be on the receiving end of a lay-off. She also offered some advice for how workers can prepare if they think their job is at risk. Go to full article