Last year, several upstate school districts were criticized New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli for exceeding the cap on their unexpended surplus fund, also known as a rainy day fund. Now, a pair Southern Tier lawmakers are trying to raise that cap: Republican Fred Akshar in the Senate and Democrat Donna Lupardo in the Assembly. Here’s why the fund is important: this past school year, the Southern Tier got hammered with snow. Which is something Union-Endicott Superintendent Suzanne McLeod knows all too well. “This past year?
In partnership with Union-Endicott School District, the Student Production Studio with WSKG has opened in Linnaeus W. West as part of the Tiger Ventures program. The studio is located in the business incubator wing and is staffed by Annie Cartie, Youth Media Coordinator, for two days each week. Youth media programming at WSKG takes outreach education to a new level for the 2016 – 2017 school year. Students will learn video and audio production, digital editing, graphic design, photography, and professional uses of social media. Production projects will align with curriculum topics taught in core classes and, as students build their skill sets, they will produce projects they design themselves.