Every vote was unanimous at Monday’s Berne-Knox-Westerlo School Board meeting as members basked in good news — ranging from success including special-need students in general-education classrooms to securing expected state aid for $20 million in capital improvements.

Students are reporting more mental-health issues than ever before. Do schools have enough support staff to help?

GUILDERLAND — Teacher Colleen Ryan’s wife, Barbara Martucci, got the news that Ryan would be receiving a new set of lungs early on the morning of the couple’s eighth wedding anniversary, Nov. 13.

Just before midnight that same day, the transplant surgery had been completed.

Catherine Ricchetti offers training sessions, which are “raved over,” for professionals across the state on how they can start their own service-dog programs, said a spokeswoman for the organization that honored her.

For many families, the end of the summer means preparing their children for school in the fall: buying school supplies, reviewing schedules, and bidding farewell to sleeping in.

Administrators, teachers, and students continue to wrestle with making sure that students’ personal electronic devices have a constructive role to play in school.

By September, Guilderland school leaders expect, each middle school and each high school student will have a Chromebook laptop.

Teachers don’t need guns, they need resources to help students with mental-health problems

Most of the Guilderland students on the winning teams are freshmen.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo, school board

The superintendent says that, rather than adding an administrator, the technology integration specialist is “filling an empty seat.”


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