Board plans vote on school reconfiguration
To save money and improve academics districtwide, the Gloversville Enlarged School District is planning to move forward with reconfiguring its elementary buildings for the 2017-18 school year.
At its Jan. 9 meeting, GESD Board of Education members discussed reconfiguring the current five elementary buildings to follow a “hybrid” model of neighborhood schools and grade-level grouping. The board is expected to formally vote on the reconfiguration at its Feb. 6 meeting.
Under the hybrid model, the district
will create two pre-kindergarten through second grade
primary schools at the current Kingsborough and Park Terrace
buildings and establish a grade 3-5 intermediate school at
Boulevard. The current McNab building would house early
education and special education programs, and the district
would seek other uses for the current Meco school.
Under the hybrid model:
● All students and teachers at Meco would move to Kingsborough.
● All McNab students would go to Boulevard.
● McNab teachers would move to Boulevard, with the exception of McNab’s second grade teachers, who would go to Kingsborough.
● Kindergarten and first-graders currently at Boulevard would go to Park Terrace.
● Shuttle buses would be available to transport elementary students to their assigned schools
For nearly two years, the GESD Board of Education has been discussing options to address the challenges of declining enrollment, rising operational costs and unpredictable revenue. Board members also have been seeking ways to improve academic performance throughout the district.
During a workshop Jan. 4, board members reviewed the feedback gathered from the community forum in the fall in which participants in small groups discussed proposed reconfiguration options. The board also reviewed enrollment and financial savings projections. The reconfiguration is projected to save the school district nearly $800,000 annually.
In the weeks leading up to the vote, Superintendent Michael Vanyo plans to meet with faculty at each of the elementary schools and will share feedback from the staff with the board of education.
The board of education encourages district residents to continue to weigh in on the proposed changes. Comments and questions can be posted through the district website by visiting the homepage (www.gesdk12.org) and clicking on the “Submit school reconfiguration feedback/questions” link on the left side of the page.
“We want to give this change every chance for success,” School board president Richard Carlson said, adding that the board appreciates the time and effort of community members who have participated in the forums and provided input during the process.