- FALLS SCHOOLS: Dealing with harsh audit's aftermath The stinging audit released by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s Office Tuesday brought to light hundreds of thousands of dollars in improper payments made to Niagara Falls school employees over a one and a half year period. But what it couldn’t explain was how financial mismanagement was allowed to spiral out of control, seemingly undetected by many within the district — and who gets held accountable for it.
FALLS SCHOOLS: Audit slams school district for lack of oversight, overpayments
Inadequate controls over finances and failing to properly monitor operations led to significant problems at the Niagara Falls City School District including overpaying 272 employees more than $500,000 and inappropriately paying the superintendent a lump sum of $10,800, according to an audit released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
“The school district let taxpayers down,” DiNapoli said.
- NIAGARA FALLS: School board deals with vandals and students struggling with cursive Problems with vandals outside Niagara Street Elementary are prompting Niagara Falls school district heads to look at increasing surveillance outside the school in the evening hours. Also, the district is gearing up to implement its new handwriting instruction program because some students can't write in cursive.
- NIAGARA-WHEATFIELD: New superintendent's past controversy a non-issue Niagara-Wheatfield school board members may be pleased with their new superintendent, Carl Militello, but some residents from his current district won’t be upset to see him leave.
- NIAGARA CHARTER: Tests show improvement, but school still behind Though Niagara Charter School’s standardized test scores are still lagging behind schools in neighboring districts, this year’s results show a significant improvement over last year.
DOWNTOWN FALLS: New balloon ride may already be grounded
The latest attempt to bring a tethered balloon ride back to Niagara Falls has been grounded before getting in the air.
NIAGARA FALLS: Organizers of garden walk hope to see it grow
The idea began when a couple Falls residents went to an event in Buffalo.
And now the organizers of the Orchard Parkway Garden Walk are hoping their event takes off in Niagara Falls, moving to neighboring streets along Main Street such as Pierce and Chilton Avenues, and reminding people that nice neighborhoods downtown do exist.
LEW-PORT: Former board member sues colleagues for libel, slander
Former board member Ed Lilly has filed a libel and slander suit against former president David Schaubert, former member Louis Palmeri and current member Michael Gentile.
Lilly is seeking between $50,000 and $300,000 “in compensatory and punitive damages” for disparaging his “good name,” resulting in “loss of standing in the community and emotional distress.”
- FALLS SCHOOLS: Capital projects, budget looking clearer The Niagara Falls School Board heard recommendations from district staff for $17.2 million in capital projects Thursday while the upcoming year’s $127.5 million budget started to take shape.
NIAGARA FALLS: Fire frenzy
Falls firefighters had their hands full Friday afternoon.
The engine and truck from the 10th Street fire station were tied up at a rollover car accident at 17th Street and Ferry Avenue. Moments later, a bicyclist was hit by a car at 15th Street and Pine Avenue.
With the “downtown” fire apparatus tied up, firefighters from the Ontario Street station, in the North End, responded to that call. Fire Chief William MacKay’s resources were stretched a bit thin.
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