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September 13, 2019 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 15, Issue 35

posticon Lansing Schools Establish Teacher Retirement Reserve

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Lansing Central School District

The Lansing Board of Education voted unanimously to establish and funded a Teacher Retirement System (TRS) reserve Monday.  School Business Administrator Kate Heath said that with increasing costs the reserve will be needed to stabilize expenses and prevent huge jumps in the district's TRS liability, which she said is currently over a million dollars.  The reserve is a sub-fund of the Employee Retirement System (ERS) reserve fund, and was only authorized by Albany in April of this year.

"Based on our audit we're making the recommendation to create and fund the reserve effective 6/30/2019," she said. "When I was speaking with our lead auditor he recommended doing that because it's the first year to make sure we establish it and have some money in there.  The concern is that those costs are going to be increasing and those percentages are going to be increasing.  So having this reserve gives us some padding to help stabilize those costs so we don't have huge jumps. Then we'll have some more flexibility on funding it every year."

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posticon Friday the 13th - Oh My!

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ImageAre you a paraskevidekatriaphobic? If so you are probably at home reading the Star today instead of going out into the world.  Because being a paraskevidekatriaphobe means you are afraid of Friday the 13th. Of course it could mean that you are a triskaidekaphobiac, a person is lives in fear of the number 13.

No one is sure when the fear began, but some attribute it to ancient man when counting was developed. With ten fingers and two feet, the next number in a count was unlucky.  In ancient Egypt 13 signified death. It was the last stage of ascension, something Egyptians strived for. The Chinese also considered the number lucky. But the Hindus believed it was unlucky for 13 people to gather in one place. The Norse also thought 13 at dinner was unlucky.

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posticon Meet the New Lansing HS Principal

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Interim Lansing High School Principal Patrick Hornbrook

Lansing High School has a new principal this year, an interim principal to allow district officials to search for a permanent replacement for Coleen Ledley, who served as principal since 2013.  Ledley has become the district's Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Professional Development.  Patrick Hornbrook, who served as Dean of Students last year, has moved into the Principal's chair.

"In an interim position my first priority is to insure that all of the good things that we have going on here at Lansing High School are going to continue to happen," Hornbrook says. "By the same token, I'm fortunate that I was here last year when we started some of the new initiatives.  Social Emotional Learning (SEL) was a big part of what we were working on last year, and trying to figure out how we can humanize the academics and help kids understand the role of failure, or being resilient, or learning from experience."

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posticon B-17 Over Ithaca

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B-17

Tompkins County flying enthusiasts will get a chance to ride in a genuine World War II B-17 this weekend,  The B-17 will be the main attraction at this year's Airport Day, the annual pancake breakfast at East Hill Flying Club.  It arrived in Ithaca Wednesday, and will be on display and conducting flights today, tomorrow, and Sunday.

"No matter how many times I get in it, every time you get that ghostly feeling of people who have been here before you in this airplane, scared to death, thinking they were going to die," said pilot Rex Gray during a press tour of the aircraft Thursday. "It's a living history exhibit, owned and operated by the EAA.  It has a quarter million members all around the world.  It's non-profit.  We're not out making money.  We're sharing the history and promoting aviation so the upcoming generation knows that aviation is more than going to the airport and taking off your shoes."

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posticon Lansing Gallery - Carnival!

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Diane Duthie - Lansing Gallery
The Lansing Carnival was last weekend behind Lansing Central Fire Station.  This year the carnival featured fireworks on Friday, and a Saturday parade.  A band, a 'Lil Miss & Mister' contest, food by Lansing Fire Department members, a dunk booth with dunkee Lansing High School Principal Patrick Hornbrook, and a good time was had by all.

The Lansing Carnival Parade Award Winners:
  • Furthest Distance: Senator Pam Helming
  • Best Spirit: Lansing Small Fry Cheerleaders
  • Town Supervisors Award: Louise Bement our Town Historian, and Crew
  • Oldest Piece of Equipment: Moravia Fire Department "Bertha"
  • Best in Show: Irish Crane Dancers


Photos by Diane Duthie

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