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Sarah Rivers, 10th grader and student representative to the merger committee. She liked Potsdam's sugar shack, but has concerns about the auditorium size and a divided middle and high school. Photo: Sarah Harris.
Sarah Rivers, 10th grader and student representative to the merger committee. She liked Potsdam's sugar shack, but has concerns about the auditorium size and a divided middle and high school. Photo: Sarah Harris.

Inside school: to merge or not to merge?

Canton and Potsdam school districts are considering a merger.
The idea is to save money and offer more opportunities to students.

A 28-person committee of administrators, teachers and students and a Buffalo-based consulting firm are studying how it could work, and what the pay-offs would be. They're on a short deadline, with a recommendation due in the late spring. Then the two communities will vote.  Go to full article
Photo: Children's Home of Jefferson County
Photo: Children's Home of Jefferson County

Preview: foster parenting information session in Canton

A Foster Parenting Information Night will be held this Thursday (6 pm) at the Human Service Center, second floor conference room, on Highway 310 in Canton. The event is sponsored by the Children's Home of Jefferson County. Todd Moe spoke with Victoria Peck, Director of the St. Lawrence County Foster Care Program.  Go to full article
A zentangle. Photo: Sarah Harris.
A zentangle. Photo: Sarah Harris.

Inside school: Canton educators make do with less

On the surface, Canton Central School is really vibrant: happy kids talking in the hallway and laughing at lunch, teachers engaged in their work. But the school is also deep in a financial crisis. Administrators aren't sure how they'll keep providing a quality education for kids when funds are running dry. All this year, NCPR will report on how the school serves its two masters: the state and its students.  Go to full article
Maria Corse, founder and director of Deep Root Center for Self-Directed Learning. Photo: <a href="http://www.deeprootcenter.org">Deep Root</a>
Maria Corse, founder and director of Deep Root Center for Self-Directed Learning. Photo: Deep Root

Alternative school in Canton recruiting for pilot program

A new education resource center for people exploring alternatives to the traditional school model will be launching a pilot program early next year.

Maria Corse, founder and director of Deep Root Center for Self-Directed Learning in Canton, believes that North Country students, 8 to 18, who aren't thriving in a typical school setting, deserve access to more options.

Corse is recruiting members for the pilot program in January, and is holding an open house tonight at 7 pm in Canton Free Library's Paige Room. She told Todd Moe that Deep Root Center is a resource center rather than a school, and it seeks to make homeschooling a viable option.  Go to full article
Some of the staff and young people in the Transitions program's social/media space in Canton. Photo: Todd Moe
Some of the staff and young people in the Transitions program's social/media space in Canton. Photo: Todd Moe

NYSARC's Transitions program ready to expand

A St. Lawrence County program that helps developmentally disabled young people lead more independent lives is serving an increasing number of clients, despite a decline in state funding. We stop by NYSARC's Transitions space in Canton for a conversation with its director, some of the young people in the program, and hear about plans to expand to Potsdam by the end of the year.

The public is invited to an Open House at the center from 4-6 pm today.  Go to full article
A "Raise the Age" town hall meeting at St. Joseph's College. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/56567240@N02/8665921310">amy21458</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A "Raise the Age" town hall meeting at St. Joseph's College. Photo: amy21458, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Advocates urge Cuomo to raise age for youth offenders

New York is one of only two states in the country where all children 16 and older are treated as adults in the criminal justice system. This month the Raise the Age initiative kicked off a statewide campaign in upstate New York, renewing their effort to keep kids under 18 out of adult prisons.  Go to full article
Gouverneur high school students examine 13 old doors in the gymnasium as part of the "Domiciles Project".  Similar exhibitions of the repainted doors will be held at the Indian River and Ogdensburg school districts next week.  Photo:  Alan Tuttle
Gouverneur high school students examine 13 old doors in the gymnasium as part of the "Domiciles Project". Similar exhibitions of the repainted doors will be held at the Indian River and Ogdensburg school districts next week. Photo: Alan Tuttle

Using old doors to inspire creativity

Three North Country school districts are collaborating with artist Alan Tuttle this fall on a pilot project that uses old doors to help reinvent creative writing and art. The antique doors were repainted with scenes from life as it might have been lived behind each door. Todd Moe visited Gouverneur Central School to find out how English, art and drama teachers are using Tuttle's Domiciles Project to inspire creativity in people of all ages.  Go to full article

Colleges go digital to combat undergrad weight gains

It used to be the Freshman 5. Now it's the Freshman 15. But on-demand digital health information seems to be helping control those extra pounds undergrads put on.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54450095@N05/8598246170/"> Intel Free Press</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Intel Free Press, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY toughens up on texting behind the wheel

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that creates new, stiffer penalties for teenaged and new drivers who text while they're driving. The law will now treat texting as seriously as speeding or reckless driving.

It takes effect today.  Go to full article

Books: "Strong Deaf"

Novelist Lynn McElfresh says her favorite place to write is in the Thousand Islands, at her family cottage on Grennell Island. Two sisters share the pages in her new book for young readers, Strong Deaf. The younger sister, Jade, is the only one in her family who can hear. Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, spoke with McElfresh from her winter home in Florida.  Go to full article

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