Melissa Hale-Spencer

"We’re going to have to be creative," said Sarah Blood, the new business manager for Berne-Knox-Westerlo, as the rural district with declining enrollment is faced with stagnant state aid and committed to no tax increase.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo's new superintendent says his team of administrators is  "working to transform a school system."

“Our biggest nemesis is the corrosion of the bodies,” Guilderland's transportation supervisor, Danielle Poirier, told the school board, urging replacement of buses every 10 years.

For the first time, Guilderland used a survey to gauge public opinion in drafting its budget; 370 surveys were completed.

HILLTOWNS — A California company has mailed large landowners in the rural Helderbergs, asking to lease their land for solar arrays.

Wearing their purple hearts, a group of Iwo Jima veterans met on the 71st anniversary of the famous flag-raising and recalled the 1945 battle over breakfast in Altamont.

Two Berne-Knox-Westerlo alumni with similar views were just two votes apart in a five-way race for two vacant school board seats.

Five candidates — more than have run for years — are seeking two seats on the Berne-Knox-Westerlo School Board in a special election on Feb. 23.

DUANESBURG — Joseph J. Merli made history tangible through objects. He fixed things no one else could, and he sought to preserve the industrial heritage that built America.


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