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RFA to host area schools for sixth annual Show Choir Festival on Friday

Education The sixth annual Central New York Show Choir Festival, including groups from five area schools, will be hosted by RFA on Friday at 7:30 p.m., said RFA Rhapsody group director and RFA teacher Jake Meiss. Tickets are $6 in advance or $7 at the door. They can be purchased in advance from members of the performing groups or at Jervis Public Library. Besides RFA Rhapsody, other... 4:00pm 01/17/17

‘Temporary fix’ enables some shows to go on at Rome Free Academy auditorium

Education A “temporary fix” at Rome Free Academy auditorium will enable short performances and rehearsals to continue “as we pursue a permanent fix,” says Rome school district Superintendent Peter C. Blake. Rehearsals will be conducted in the auditorium for the RFA and Strough Middle School musicals “while we investigate the potential need to hold performances in other locations,” Blake... 4:00pm 01/17/17

Lead renovation, OSHA safety courses offered at MVCC

Education Registrations for spring non-credit courses in lead renovation and OSHA safety are being accepted at Mohawk Valley Community College. The courses are geared for professional contractors, landlords and workers in the construction field, said MVCC. • Lead renovator initial course — This 8-hour certification course is required for renovators without previous training to become a... 4:00pm 01/17/17

District eyes moving polls out of schools for budget, board vote

Education The Rome school district is considering changing polling locations for the annual budget vote and Board of Education election in May so that school buildings no longer are used. The potential changes were discussed last week by the board’s finance committee, along with other election details including increased costs for using optical scan voting machines through the county... 4:00pm 01/16/17

Oriskany, VVS get state OK for Smart Schools Investment Plans

Education The Oriskany and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill school districts have received approval from the state for their Smart Schools Investment Plans outlining technology-related uses for state funding. The funding, through the statewide Smart Schools Bond Act approved by voters in November 2014, includes about $1.7 million for VVS and about $387,000 for Oriskany. They were among 65... 4:00pm 01/16/17