Melissa Hale-Spencer

Nine-year-old William Cleveland ended the school-bus bullying that had been tormenting his sister because the bullies knew of his expertise in taekwondo; he used his confidence but no force.

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GUILDERLAND — An extra $1.4 million in state aid led school leaders here to recommend changes for next year’s budget — putting $740,000 into savings and adding roughly $374,000 in expenses — measures school board members largely supported in a workshop Tuesday night.

Hedi McKinley says, "Why wait till you're old?" to talk to your grown children about how you want to die. She recommends reviewing a written living will every 10 years.

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Guilderland students spoke to the school board about the wonders of using applications and laptops by Google, tools that are more accessible out of class and which increase the exchanges between peers and teachers.

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While parents and speech therapists told the school board about the feared consequences of cutting a part-time post, the superintendent says student needs wil still be met.

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ALTAMONT — The congressman, in a black overcoat and shiny shoes, bent down to touch a pile of rusty and broken pipes outside the cement-block well house on Gun Club Road. The wind was chill and the gray sky held snow on the first day of spring as a bevy of local officials clustered about Paul Tonko.

Jeffrey Moller, Altamont’s superintendent of public works, wearing a jacket with his name on it and work boots, had gathered the pipes to illustrate for the congressman some of what was underground in the village.

Mothers, teachers, and school leaders all lauded a program that, for Guilderland, has a 65-percent success rate of teaching struggling first-graders to read in fewer than 20 weeks.

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The three women up for re-election on Guilderland's school board are citing personal rather than political reasons as each decides whether or not to seek another term.

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"Where there's a will, there's a way," the school board president, Barbara Fraterrigo said, instructing administrators to find someone to teach another sixth-grade Italian class.

The Guilderland Players discover both truth and silliness in this weekend's musical comedy with a back-stage murder mystery.

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