Three Capital Region schools have landed on Newsweek's annual ranking of America's top high schools.

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A special board meeting was held last night over the Niskayuna High School principal’s second job as a high-profile sports agent. The story has local residents wondering how he can do both.

Like many Americans, Principal John Rickert has held two jobs for many years, although his are slightly more unusual than most: one as an academic leader, the other as a professional sports agent.  Locals say the Niskayuna School District was aware of this and school board members would never address it, citing rules of privacy.

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NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York school district is opting out of the National School Lunch Program as students throw out fruits and vegetables required under new nutritional guidelines.

The Niskayuna Central School District near Albany plans to opt out April 1. Officials in the suburban district say the number of students buying lunch dropped significantly this year and the program is running a $70,000 deficit.