Community members discuss district’s future at community forum
Approximately 40 Gloversville Enlarged School District community members gathered for a public forum June 1 to discuss how the district can best move forward while facing the challenges of declining enrollment, rising operational costs and unpredictable revenue.
Lead by independent facilitators, forum participants broke up in small groups to discuss several questions presented by the district.
The feedback from the forum participants is being reviewed by the GESD Board of Education and district administrators. GESD Superintendent of Schools Michael B. Vanyo said it’s possible that forum participants and other interested community members will be asked to attend a second community forum in the fall to continue to discuss future options.
As we go forward, using the community feedback, we will consider options to develop a model of instruction that will benefit our students educationally and reduce expenses as we meet the challenges of declining enrollment, increasing costs and unpredictable state aid,” Vanyo said. “I’d like to thank everyone who volunteered their time to participate. The community’s input is vital if the district is to meet these challenges and continue to build programs for our students.”
The Gloversville Board of Education has spent the last year discussing options to address the challenges being faced by the district, including the reconfiguration of school buildings.
During the June 1 forum, Vanyo shared updates to previously discussed school reconfiguration options, including the elimination of the options to move fifth grade up to Gloversville Middle School and to bring the Adirondack Academy to McNab Elementary School.
Participants were asked to answer the following questions:
1. Regarding the current school arrangement in the GESD:
● What do you see as the greatest benefit of
● What do you see as the biggest concern with that arrangement?
2. How do you think the community would feel about maintaining the current school and grade -level arrangements in the GESD if it meant making:
● Reductions that limit or dismantle school
● Tax levy increases that are greater than in recent years?
3. How do you think the community would feel about avoiding these possibilities by changing the current school and/or grade ¬level arrangements in GESD?
4. The projected savings amount for changes to grade-evel configurations reflect the funding necessary for GESD to provide all elementary students with transportation in 2017-18. What do you think about the possibility of expanding transportation to all elementary students? Besides transportation, what other topics should the district consider before moving forward with any changes to grade-level configurations?