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Bath CSD Approved for Free Breakfast/Lunch Program:


The Bath-Haverling School District has been approved for a free breakfast and lunch program for all students PreK through 12 beginning September 2018.  This program was previously awarded to the Vernon Wightman Primary School, but now it will be available at all grade levels.  It will be effective for the next four school years.  More information will be given to parents later this summer in preparation for the 2018-2019 school year.  Parents are also reminded that all children under 18 are eligible for free breakfast and lunch this summer in the Haverling High School cafeteria and at the Dormann Library.



First Arkport/Canaseraga Merger Votes Could be in August:


According to education consultants, voting on the proposed merger of the Arkport and Canaseraga Central School districts could get underway in August.  Dr. William Silky of Castallo and Silky LLC said Boards of Education from each school could hold their first votes on the merger “no later than Thursday, August 23rd.”  Both boards will be asked to schedule straw votes for October 16th.  If those votes are positive, the state Education Commissioner will issue an order for a formal referendum of voters in both districts to be held in November.  If there’s a negative decision in any of the votes, the merger proposal will end.



Public Hearing on Corning Deal with Empire Access:


There will be public hearing in the Town of Corning on June 19th regarding a pending agreement between the town and telecommunications service provider Empire Access.  The town board will be voting on whether or not to approve the deal after the hearing, which is set to start at 7 p.m.  If it is approved, fiber optic internet, phone, and digital TV will become available for town residents from Empire.  Currently, Charter Communications, or Spectrum, is the only major internet and cable provider servicing the town.    



Teachers Union Announces Protests at State Senator’s Offices:


Protests are expected at State Senator offices today by teachers from all across New York.  The protests were announced Thursday by the state United Teachers Union, after the state Senate failed to bring a bill to the floor that would return control of annual teacher evaluations to local school districts and teachers.  The proposed bill would also eliminate the requirement that standardized tests must be used in individual teachers’ evaluations and it would prohibit test scores from becoming part of a student’s permanent record.  The Assembly had passed the bill.  The protests are set for 4 to 5 p.m.  There is one planned for Senator O’Mara’s office in Elmira.



Sears Announces More Store Closings:


Continuing to face shrinking sales and losses, Sears has announced more stores will soon be closing.  The company has released a list of 48 Sears stores and 15 Kmart stores that will be closing in September.  This will leave roughly 800 still in operation, down from 1,000 at the end of last year.  There are only two stores – one each - in New York set for closure at this time: the Sears on Erie Blvd. in Syracuse, and the Kmart on Rockaway Blvd. in Rosedale.   

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