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Average tax bill in Niskayuna weighs in at $8,290

NISKAYUNA

Average tax bill in Niskayuna weighs in at $8,290

If you want to live in Niskayuna, be prepared to pay. Niskayauna homeowners have the highest tax bills in the Capital Region, according to a report released Thursday that compares the tax bills on median-value homes.

A man and his music: Remembering Tom Brown

CAPITAL REGION

A man and his music: Remembering Tom Brown

Music was serious business for Tom Brown, but even more it was his love and passion.

Schenectady High principal wins regional award

SCHENECTADY

Schenectady High principal wins regional award

The Empire State Supervisors and Administrators Association named Schenectady principal Diane Wilkinson one of seven outstanding administrators across the state.

Manhattan's P.S. 188 has many roles to fill

NEW YORK

Manhattan's P.S. 188 has many roles to fill

There are supposed to be 27 children in Harold Boyd IV’s second-grade classroom, but how many of them will be there on a given day is anyone’s guess.

For underwater robotics team, every day is a new lesson

JOHNSTOWN

For underwater robotics team, every day is a new lesson

The thing with underwater robots is, so much can go wrong. If the motors are pointed in the wrong direction, the robot is hard to control. If the weight of the robot isn’t properly distributed, it will tip over. Water can infiltrate electrical switchboards.

Schenectady JCC holds inaugural S.T.E.M. Sunday

NISKAYUNA

Schenectady JCC holds inaugural S.T.E.M. Sunday

The Schenectady Jewish Community Center hosted its first S.T.E.M. Sunday on Sunday afternoon, which allowed kids to explore 18 stations related to science, technology, engineering and math. The activities were aimed at kids ages 3-7.

Schenectady High students to screen film they took a year to create

SCHENECTADY

Schenectady High students to screen film they took a year to create

Three Schenectady High School students are set this week to screen at Proctors a film they spent more than a year making.

SCHENECTADY

Schenectady City School Board OKs construction, bus contracts

The Schenectady school board last week approved nearly $16 million worth of contracts, awarding more than $7.9 million worth to contractors for improvements at Howe school and close to $8 million for transportation services.

Aviation fan, 12, is eager guide at Aerosciences Museum

GLENVILLE

Aviation fan, 12, is eager guide at Aerosciences Museum

Educating one’s self can be a lot fun. Just ask 12-year-old Isaiah Gershon, a volunteer guide at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum on Route 50 in Glenville.

Unified basketball is competitive fun

CAPITAL REGION

Unified basketball is competitive fun

In her two years playing for the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake unified basketball team, the grin has rarely left Kelly Griffin's face.

Mohonasen schools gear up for large group of kindergartners

ROTTERDAM

Mohonasen schools gear up for large group of kindergartners

The Mohonasen Central School District is preparing for a wave of new kindergarten students next year, an increase that could boost overall district enrollment in the coming years.

Schenectady students and parents get sneak peek at schools

SCHENECTADY

Schenectady students and parents get sneak peek at schools

Next year’s Oneida Middle School students got a first look at their new school Thursday night, but they had to do it at Zoller Elementary.

Public can delve into state ELA, math assessments

ALBANY

Public can delve into state ELA, math assessments

When New York students sat for three days of English tests in early April, they read about 18th century cartographers, teenage texting behavior, Ramadan traditions and something titled “Fun 101 (aka How to Escape Boredom).”

Mekeel acquires BH-BL building, eyes future expansion

SCOTIA & GLENVILLE

Mekeel acquires BH-BL building, eyes future expansion

Mekeel Christian Academy acquired the Hostetter Leadership and Administration Building from Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central Schools on Wednesday. The purchase was a $535,000 investment in the future of the academy, the school said.

ALBANY

NY English, math test questions released

State education officials Wednesday released hundreds of questions from April's statewide English and Math assessments for students in grades three through eight.

Nancy Zimpher to resign as SUNY chancellor in 2017

Nancy Zimpher to resign as SUNY chancellor in 2017

Nancy L. Zimpher, who has been credited with elevating the State University of New York, the nation’s largest public university system, since becoming chancellor seven years ago, is stepping down next year, the university announced on Tuesday.

NISKAYUNA

Few management firms interested in Niskayuna school project

Niskayuna school board members were disappointed with the number of proposals from firms looking to manage an approximately $5 million construction project the district plans to take out for voter approval later this year.

Determination, steady progress pay off for Siena grad

LOUDONVILLE

Determination, steady progress pay off for Siena grad

Twelve years ago, Diana King applied for a secretarial job at Siena College. The job was filled by an internal candidate, but King didn’t stop there.

Work on BH-BL High School addition to start soon

BURNT HILLS & BALLSTON LAKE

Work on BH-BL High School addition to start soon

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school officials plan to break ground on a new addition at the high school — centered on science, technology, engineering, arts and math — as soon as students finish for the year in June.

Dreams stall as New York City’s engine of mobility sputters

Dreams stall as New York City’s engine of mobility sputters

Established in 1847 as the Free Academy of New York to educate “the children of the whole people,” as its founder Townsend Harris said, City College has been called “the poor man’s Harvard.” Tuition-free until 1976, it has produced 10 Nobel Prize winners. It was a hotbed of Jewish intellectuals in the 1930s, and today it welcomes the ambitious children of families from around the world, many of them poor and working class.

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