Unscheduled days off for Albany High, Rensselaer gets money for flood recovery, auto dealer closing because of high gas prices, RPI kicks retired prof's email because of criticism

Classes have been canceled this week at Albany High School after a computer problem messed up students' class schedules. [TU]

The state Senate is giving the City of Rensselaer $1.1 million to help with recovery from the flooding in August. Mayor Dan Dwyer says "hardly anything has been fixed" since the heavy rains. Residents say they're worried about the water rising again. [Troy Record] [TU] [WNYT]

The City of Troy is considering the purchase of a system that can listen for gunfire and then triangulate the point from which the shots were fired. It costs $200,000 for the system to cover one square mile. [TU]

A Rensselaer police car was rear-ended on the Dunn Memorial Bridge while it was stopped to issue a traffic violation. The collision pushed the cop car into the back of the car that had been pulled over. [Troy Record]

Albany Metro Dodge is closing. The owners of the dealership say high gas prices have killed the market for trucks and SUVs. [Daily Gazette]

The Quizno's on South Broadway in Saratoga has closed. One of the owners says the six months of construction on the road have cut the shop's sales in half. [Saratogian]

RPI has revoked the email account of a retired professor because he criticized the administration. The school says the nuclear engineering professor violated RPI's "electronic citizenship" policy. The prof says the whole thing is "really sort of funny." [TU]

Price Chopper is breaking ground on a new supermarket at Colonie Plaza on Central Ave today. The planned store is intended to be a "green" building and will somehow involve a fuel cell. [TU]


It is interesting to me that the week I received my school tax bill, classes at Albany High had to be cancelled for the whole week. Begs the question: Are we getting what we are paying for?

I dont know about how the other AOA readers who pay school taxes feel, but I for one believe when compared to other states we pay way too much in the way of school taxes. Most states fund schooling in additional ways. But back to this issue. Its troubling to me that something as basic as scheduling is messed up. It is not like this is the first year of scheduling. I dont really care about technology glitches or what ever the excuse is, messing up the basics is seriously troubling. And hence we are not getting what we are paying for. I for one will remember this at school budget time.... The school district needs to improve what it delivers for my money.


I'm a former teacher. Until I'd seen it myself I wouldn't have believed that scheduling is much more difficult than it might seem at the outset.

However, that's all the pity Albany High gets from me. There is indeed no reason why a master schedule without gaps couldn't have been developed during the summer.

I also wonder exactly how much a quagmire like this can be "fixed" in two business days, but that remains to be seen, I suppose.

There's something seriously wrong at Albany High between the constant police presence and administrative snafus like this. Makes me glad I live in Troy.

I'd like to begin a serious effort to have Superintendent Eva Joseph removed from her post. Anyone want to help me? I'll be starting it right after I deal with that glue snafu that has me unable to open my school tax bill.

He just drove off, though. Sometimes that's okay.

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