A Panel representing St Lawrence Central school told community members this week that the Common Core might be tough, but it’s necessary to bring the United States up to the standards of the rest of the world. They said that when kids graduate from high school today, they often are not prepared for the rigorous course work of college and need to play catch up when they get there. At Potsdam Central School, the Board of Education discussed the matter, and it was revealed that a third of the district’s fifth and seventh grade students are failing math.
Another drug related incident at Massena Central High School. According to a published report, the High School was put into lock down yesterday after two students ingested an unknown drug. Emergency crews arrived to treat the students, which caused the lockdown to last about a half an hour. Back in October, a similar incident occurred when several students had to be taken to Massena memorial hospital after they took Xanax.
Canada Post unveiled five initiatives that together will form the foundation of a new postal system designed to serve busy Canadian. The Post says that they’ll be integrating community mailboxes over the next five years, opening franchise postal outlets in stores across Canada, changing their pricing structure for customers, streamlining their operations, and addressing their cost of labor.
Striking began yesterday morning in Brockville for Red Cross Personal Support Workers who say they want more respect and fair treatment. Those workers have been without a contract since April and said that their hours are sporadic and exhausting.
The town of Morristown is down a code enforcement officer and have begun the search for a new one. The position has been left vacant since December 6th, when Valerie Harman put in her resignation and moved to FLorida. The position will be temporarily filled by the Oswegatchie Code Enforcement Officer, Timothy Tuttle, who has filled in for Morristown once before. He'll be paid 2500 dollars a month while a replacement is sought. They hope to have the position filled by the end of January.
An Ogdensburg man has pleaded not guilty in the hit and run death of a 19 year old Lancaster man. 26 year old Devin Ferguson-Brenno entered his not guilty plea during an arraignment yesterday. He is alleged to have struck and killed Benjamin Schick in August while driving drunk. Ferguson-Brenno claimed that his vehicle had been stolen, and it was later recovered on Mansion Avenue.