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What is New at School Tuesday Edition

Churchville, N.Y. - Finishing touches were being applied on Churchville-Chili's new performing arts center when we visited last month. Its the crown jewel of $56-million in renovations and additions that started in 2010.

Every part of the building has been touched in some way--new ceilings, new paint, new floors, new Science rooms--and smart boards in just about every room.

Principal Bill Geraci is thrilled about it all, especially having enough space in the auditorium to bring everyone together on the first day.

We really haven't been able to able to gather all the students together because we didn't have enough space to do that, Geraci said.

East Irondequoit Central School District

Could this be the beginning of paperless classrooms in East Irondequoit?

Teachers trained on iPads over the summer to prepare for the 10-percent of students who will use the iPads all day in class and then be able to take them home at night.

The district bought 350 iPads for what is a pilot program now.

French teacher Candace Black said it's the way to go. We have kids who want on-demand information, she said. They want 24/7 hour access to this instead of pulling their heavy books to class.

Agri-business in Mt. Morris

Its a different kind of classroom at the Agri-Business Academy in Mt. Morris offered through Genesee Valley Educational Partnership and Genesee Community College.

It is available to students in 22 school districts in Livingston and Genesee Counties

I know for sure I want a career in this field but I am not exactly sure what--so since it covers a lot, I figured it would give me a better idea of what's out there and what it has to offer, said agri-business student Jannifer Harrell from Wayland Cohocton Central School District.

Harrell and her classmates will study aspects of agriculture including animals, plants, environmental issues, migrant workers, international issues and the journey for food from farm to table.

They'll study public speaking too.

There have been many schools that have had agriculture programs cut, said Agri-business Academy teacher Rachael Clayson. By having a partnership and a cooperation between those schools we can still offer those opportunities to those students.

Well take you to some of those districts later this week as our "Back to School" coverage continues on 13WHAM News.

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