Marie wiles

For two hours, school board members wrestled with ways to heed calls to restore cut staff for valued programs but ultimately followed the counsel of administrators not to further tap reserve funds.

GUILDERLAND — The day after the state settled on its final budget, with a much-ballyhooed $1.1 billion increase in aid to education, the school board here faced a hard reality: Not much had changed.

Britton Schnurr, the psychologist at Lynnwood Elementary School, being honored with a Champions of Character award, has discovered that the kids most at risk are those who bully.

The architect hired by the Guilderland School District to design $18 million in upgrades to the district's seven buildings says the work is necessary to prevent being caught in "an emergency situation."

Using a police dog to detect illegal substances in students' lockers is, as the superintendent proposes, meant as a preventative measure, not to catch students, she says.

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