The events that led up to the Albany schools superintendent's ouster, three rescued from burning house, CDTA ready to move ahead with Troy transit center, man fights off rabid fox

Albany schools superintendent
Chronicling the events that led up to the ouster of Albany school district superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard last week -- though the school board has not detailed why exactly it decided to part ways with Vanden Wyngaard. As part of her separation agreement, she's set to receive a $90k lump sum, salary through this June, and medical benefits through June 2017. By the way: The vote on the reformulated plan to rebuilding/expand Albany High School is just about two weeks away. [TU+] [TU] [TU+]

Troy water main repair
The city of Troy says repairs on the large water main break are now finished and regular service levels have been restored to Halfmoon and Waterford. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Allegations against former Albany County Sheriff's sergeant
Brendan Lyons details the allegations against a former Albany County Sheriff's sergeant in a situation involving a former girlfriend -- including a voicemail to the woman's new boyfriend, attributed to the former sergeant, that states, "I will murder you where you stand." [TU+]

Three rescued from fire
Firefighters rescued three people from a house fire in Guilderland early Sunday. A next-door neighbor is credited with waking up and calling 911. [TU] [TWCN]

Ticket fixed by State Police superintendent
The Times Union reports that State Police superintendent Joseph D'Amico intervened to have a ticket fixed in a downstate case involving an off-duty New York City police officer who struck a State Police van on I-87. [TU+]

Death at Schenectady County jail
Schenectady County sheriff Dominic Dagostino says a preliminary autopsy report in the case of a man who died at the Schenectady County jail last week concludes that the man probably had a heart attack. [Daily Gazette]

CDTA transit center in Troy
CDTA says it's ready to move head on the new transit center proposed for the corner of Fulton and 4th in downtown Troy. [Troy Record]

Conflicts of interest in Saratoga County?
Looking at the web of personal and professional connections -- and potential conflicts of interests -- of planning board members in Saratoga County. [TU+]

Canned at Walmart
An advocate for Thomas Smith -- the man fired from the East Greenbush Walmart last November for redeeming cans he found in the store's parking lot -- say Walmart is facing a range of possible fines from the state Department of Labor. [TU+]

Pipeline opposition in Bethlehem
About 150 people gathered at a Bethlehem church for an info session about opposing the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline that would pass through the town -- including the church's nature preserve. [TWCN] [WNYT]

Concerns about Upper Union Dunkin' Donuts plan
Members of the Schenectady planning board are concerned the drive-thru included in the plan for a new Dunkin' Donuts on Upper Union is at odds with the corridor's pedestrian-friendly feel. [Daily Gazette]

Top Schenectady County salary
Metroplex head Ray Gillen was Schenectady County's top paid employee in 2015 for the fourth straight year. [TU]

Rabid fox attack
A Greenfield man fought off a rabid fox that attacked him and his dogs earlier this month. [Saratogian]

Stuff going on today

Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor will be at Proctors for "An Evening with Garrison Keillor." Presumably he'll be talking about Garrison Keillor things, including Prairie Home Companion, poetry, and Minnesota. Monday Monday 7:30 pm - $35 and up

Gremlins
The Palace's movie series is showing Gremlins, which is now more than 30 years old. Monday 7 pm - $5 / $3 kids

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I've found that anecdotes from neighbors, friends, or internet "strangers" can only take you so far. If you haven't already, I strongly recommend you get out there and visit these schools during the school year, during the school day to get a feel for things. In the last few months, my wife and I have made a series of visits to our local elementary, middle + high-school. During those visits, we had the chance to talk to multiple teachers and see the kids "in action". It was very VERY telling in a lot of ways - both good and bad.

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