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Reporter's Notebook

March 23, 2013

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On March 16, over 50 community members came together to support the Boys & Girls Club of Sidney at its sixth Annual St. Patrick’s Bowl-A-Thon at 20th Century Lanes in Sidney. More than $3,900 was raised to help support after-school and summer programming at the club.

This year’s event had 12 teams and all were treated to a great night of free bowling, food, drinks and prizes. This year’s top fundraising team honors went to Clayton Hamilton, Kevin Schofield, Ron Smith and Allen Fraser, who help raised more than $900. For the third year in a row, Lisa Hadden was awarded the top individual honor by collecting more than $600 in donations.

In a media release from the New York State School Boards Association, school districts outside the state’s five largest cities expect to spend an average of $155,355 to implement the state’s new teacher and principal evaluation system this year. Those one-year costs are nearly $55,000 more than the average four-year federal grant awarded to New York school districts to implement the program.

“School boards have long supported the goals of the new teacher and principal evaluation system as a way to improve student achievement,” NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer said. “Our analysis, however, shows that the cost of this state initiative falls heavily on school districts. This seriously jeopardizes school districts’ ability to meet other state and federal requirements and properly serve students.”

MARK BOSHNACK is a staff writer for The Daily Star. Contact him at mboshnack@thedailystar.com.

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