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Members of the Niskayuna Rowing team prepare to start their workout during an April 21 practice in Niskayuna. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Coach fired from rowing program

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — In a year full of changes for Niskayuna Rowing, the latest came Friday. In a letter sent to the program’s families through Friends of Niskayuna Rowing President Dave Davenport’s email address, Niskayuna Central…


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Niskayuna school district hires music director

NISKAYUNA — The Niskayuna Board of Education announced Chad Shippee as the new music director for grades K-12 at its Nov. 24 meeting. He will start Jan. 4. Since 2011, he has worked for the Bolton Landing Central Schools in…


Joseph R. DiCaprio will start as the new principal of Rosendale in December.

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New principal chosen for Rosendale Elementary School

By Kate Bunster Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — The Niskayuna Board of Education announced Joseph R. DiCaprio as the new principal of Rosendale Elementary School at its Nov. 10 meeting. He will begin this role Dec. 14, taking the place of…


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School board to add non-voting student reps

BY REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — It’s official: The Niskayuna Board of Education will make space for two non-voting student representatives this fall, after a great deal of discussion and planning. During the 2014-2015 school year, the board created…


Niskayuna High held a teacher pep rally at the school on Monday morning with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", being performed by music teacher Theresa J. Fitzmaurice and bandmembers. (Marc Schultz/Gazette Photographer)

District gets an early, but energetic start

BY REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — On the last day of summer vacation, while kids in Niskayuna slept in, their teachers danced. It was the annual welcome for teachers, referred to affectionately as “Pep Rally,” and rightly so. Friends…


Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra talks with community members during a recent library meeting. (Rebecca Isenhart/Gazette Reporter)

New superintendent on community listening tour

BY REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Cosimo Tangorra has spent his summer acclimating to his new position as superintendent of the Niskayuna Central School District. Key among his orientation activities has been a series of “Listening and Learning Tour”…


Jean Winkler, then the new Rosendale Elementary School principal, is shown in August 2014. (Rebecca Isenhart/Gazette Reporter)

Rosendale principal named district ELA head

After just one year as principal at Rosendale Elementary School in Niskayuna, Jean Winkler has been named the district’s K-12 English Language Arts director. While John Yagielski headed the district as interim superintendent, he led a reorganization that included moving…


Dr. Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. is announced as the new Niskayuna Schools Superintendent April 14, 2015. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)

Schools chief continues his listening tour

Niskayuna schools Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra Jr.’s “Listening and Learning Tour” continues this summer, with open community meetings set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 in the District Office Board Room and 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, at the Niskayuna Library….