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Batavia’s Robert Morris Elementary will close this June, just after the academic year ends. 

Its students will be split between Jackson, John Kennedy and Batavia Middle Schools.
The closing is estimated to save the district a million dollars a year.
Robert Morris Elementary will close this June, just after the academic year ends. Under the plan approved unanimously by the City’s Board of Education, Robert Morris students will be split between Jackson, John Kennedy and Batavia Middle Schools.
Meanwhile, the district is still fielding interest for the sale of its Washington Avenue administration building. There have been no offers on the building to date.

Genesee County’s unemployment rate has jumped almost one andf a half percent.
Figures released by the State Department of Labor show Genesee County’s jobless rate for January at 9.4 percent, up from an even 8 percent in December.
Similar jumps in the unemployment rate were also recorded in Wyoming and Orleans Counties.
The labor department says the jobless rate typically goes up one percent from December to January as temporary holiday season jobs end.

A bright spot on the local employment scene is the construction of the two dairy plants in the Town of Batavia.
The County’s Economic Development Center has approved $11-million of tax breaks for Project Wave, that’s the dairy processing plant being built by Pepsico in partnership with a German company.
The new factory, in the county’s Agri-business Park, is expected to create 186 full-time jobs within the next 3 years.
Alpina Foods, a Columbian based yogurt manufacturer, is also building a plant in the agri-park.

The family of a Marine Corps veteran who fell and died at the Jell-o Museum in LeRoy, has filed a lawsuit.
81-year-old Frank Lamont Junior, who used a motorized scooter to get around, fell three feet out of an elevator at the museum and his scooter landed on top of him.
Lamont died from head and neck injuries. His family is now suing the Jell-o Museum, the maker of the elevator and the Canandaigua V-A where he lived.

An airline carrier that flew out of Niagara Falls International Airport is suspending flight operations until mid-May.  Regional carrier Direct Air released a statement yesterday saying the suspension was quote, "made to address operational matters."  The statement directed passengers who had reservations on Direct Air to contact their credit card companies for refunds.
 
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