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After two years of no tax hike, the Berne-Knox-Westerlo School Board is divided on how much to raise taxes next year.

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A contingent from the school hopes to visit community businesses and organizations to share blue ribbons in recognition of its Blue Ribbon School designation last fall.

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Scenes of musicians preparing and rehearsing for their New York State School Music Association evaluations could be seen at the Voorheesville high school last week.

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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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To the Editor:

This is what I wrote to the members of the Voorheesville Board of Education.

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An often-large cast at Berne-Knox-Westerlo is performing the musical, about a Chicago teen who stirs up a small town with dancing, this weekend, starting at 7 p.m. on Friday.

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Principal Mary Summermatter reportedly called the discouraged mother of a black student to find out more about the student's experiences with racial slurs and to suggest a schedule change.

Students were out and about, signing at the Empire State Plaza as a form of light lobbying in Albany on Monday, and constructing a refuge in Schenectady as part of a BOCES Career and Technical Education program.

Amyah Trossbach, who has a black father and a white mother, said she commonly hears comments about her race from peers. Administrators have responded to her complaints, but she has had these exchanges throughout her one-and-a-half years at BKW.

"I am creative and I like building stuff," said Chris Brumley, a student at Voorheesville who is pursuing a career in engineering.

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