Kids learn formula for fun. Professor Sparks, a/k/a, Museum Educator Ashley Stever, and her robot canine companion, Spot 2000, presented a program on the weird science of fire at the FASNY Museum of Firefighting in Hudson, Saturday. The program featured hands-on science experiments to the delight of dozens of local children who were among the 110 in attendance. Photo by Siobhan Connally


Ed department backlog stalls ICC safety

KINDERHOOK–Ichabod Crane School District Superintendent George Zini told the Board of Education this week that construction to expand the Primary School and create safer entrances to the school buildings will be put off by a year due to holdups at the state.

“It would be months before we will be approved for the project,” he said at the March 3 board meeting. The $2.3-million capital improvement project, which was approved by the voters last May, has already received approval from the state Education Department for the architectural designs but is waiting on engineering approval. Mr. Zini said that there are 400 projects ahead of the ICC project and that the state officials told him they are understaffed. Mr. Zini called it “another state education issue” the district is having. Read more…

Hudson District foresees flat funding from state

HUDSON–Graduation pathways, community schools, the budget, voting to approve a senior retreat, and a video-in-school controversy occupied the Board of Education at its meeting Monday, February 23.

Dr. Gladys Cruz of Questar III spoke of career pathways that qualify toward graduation requirements. Catskill has developed a Media Communications program, Rensselaer a Renewable Energy program, and these attract students from other districts. Read more…

In Chatham, dirt road plans go nowhere in 2015

CHATHAM – The Town Board has adopted Local Law #1 of 2015, a 12-month moratorium on special use permits and site plan reviews for parcels located on unpaved town roads. The board acted on the measure at the regular monthly meeting Thursday, February 19, passing it by a vote of four to one.

The board held a workshop meeting earlier this month to discuss the temporary ban and a public hearing Tuesday, February 17. Supervisor Jesse DeGroodt said at last Thursday’s meeting that he had received 22 letters in support of the moratorium and two against. The town Zoning Board of Appeals had been reviewing an application for proposed summer tennis camp for young people from New York City on Thomas Road, which is unpaved. Several residents of that road and the surrounding area came to the earlier meetings to protest the camp, saying it was not in line with the town’s comprehensive plan. Read more…

In G’town, Lawson stays another month, McLean leaves

GERMANTOWN—The Board of Fire Commissioners approved Michael Lawson as chief of department of Germantown Hose Company No. 1 for another month at its meeting on Monday. This followed the plan put in place at a January 20 special meeting.

Mr. Lawson, who attended Monday’s meeting and made his monthly report to the commissioners, apparently accepted the extension. Read more…

Ex-school superintendent dies in fall from ladder

Reprinted with permission from the Times Union

TROY – A former city school superintendent and state Senate candidate died on Friday, February 20, after a fall at home on Thursday afternoon.

Brian F. Howard, 65, was home alone when he climbed an extension ladder to clear snow from the roof of his two-story townhouse at 9 Meridian Court, fire officials said. Read more…