District, Board of Education Seek Community Input
The Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, in the middle school auditorium on its plan to reconfigure the district’s schools for the 2017-18 school year.
At its Jan. 9 meeting, the board discussed reconfiguring the current five elementary buildings to follow a “hybrid” model of neighborhood schools and grade-level grouping.
The district encourages residents to continue to weigh in on the proposed changes.
Program Delivery Study
The Gloversville Board of Education is now continuing to gather input from the community following the 2015 release of a program delivery study, detailed below:
• In July 2014, the Board of Education contracted with Dr. Paul Seversky, an independent consultant and principal of the Central New York-based SES Study Team, LLC, to conduct a future planning study to identify different options the district could implement to improve the delivery of pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education during the next three years.
• In March 2015, Dr. Seversky presented the findings of his study during a public forum. The study detailed the district's declining enrollment and analyzed the pupil capacity of all seven GESD buildings. Based on enrollment projections, building capacity and the district’s current functional class sizes, the study outlined eight options for the board and community to consider to provide pre-K through 12th grade education in more cost-effective ways. Options ranged from making no changes at all to reconfiguring grade-level groupings and repurposing the use of some elementary buildings.
• On April 18, 2015, Dr. Seversky led a focus group of community members, parents and employees — all district residents — to provide feedback on the options for the board of education.
Feb. 6, 2017 Public hearing set on school reconfiguration
Jan. 10, 2017 Board plans vote on school reconfiguration
Oct. 17, 2016 Oct. 17 Community Forum Report
Feb 19, 2016 School options meeting set for Monday, Feb. 22
Jan. 26, 2015 GESD outlines possible school changes
April 30, 2015 Focus group report released (PDF)
July 31, 2014 GESD begins future planning study