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Public comment on ESSA scheduled for March 16 at Madison-Oneida BOCES

Education VERONA — A meeting seeking public comment on development of New York State’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) application will be held March 16 from 6-8 p.m. at the Madison-Oneida BOCES Rossetti Education Center. Register by March 13 to tpulverenti@moboces.org. The state’s approved ESSA plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in September, said BOCES. The... 4:00pm 02/25/17

Rome teacher to return Monday from suspension

Education A Rome school district teacher who was arrested last May, after an incident in which he fired a handgun into the ground near a man and then was shot in the buttocks by that man, will return to work Monday after being suspended four weeks without pay. Teacher William Willson was placed on suspension for six weeks overall as part of an agreement with the school district, but... 12:00pm 02/25/17

BOE approves 3 reorganized buildings, grounds positions

Education A student travel club trip to Europe, and creation of three reorganized buildings and grounds positions, were approved by the Board of Education in 6-1 votes, with member Karen Fontana opposing both. In discussions from last week’s meeting: • The Rome Free Academy Travel Club trip to Scotland, England and Paris will depart April 12 and return April 23. In voting against the... 4:00pm 02/24/17

Art exhibit slated

Education A Rome school district traveling art exhibit, “The Beauty of the Erie Canal,” will kick off at the Marinus Willett Center at Fort Stanwix National Monument from March 2-30, to be followed by displays at the Rome City Hall lobby and Community Bank at Griffiss park. On display will be works from 69 district students in grades 1-12. The exhibit will be at the City Hall lobby... 4:00pm 02/24/17

Author to offer creative writing workshop at MVCC

Education Author J. Robert Lennon will host a free creative writing workshop at March 9 at 1 p.m. in Alumni College Center, room 116, at Mohawk Valley Community College’s Utica campus. The program will introduce the audience to writing exercises in flash fiction. Audience participation and writing critiques will be encouraged. Lennon, the author of eight novels, teaches writing at... 4:00pm 02/23/17

MVCC adds online degree

Education Mohawk Valley Community College has added an all-online degree program to its Health Professions Department. The health information technology associate of applied science degree, which recently was approved by the state Education Department and SUNY, will be offered in fall. Health information technicians are responsible for organizing and managing health information data;... 4:00pm 02/23/17