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Feb. 5 community conversation focuses on budget development to date; list of potential changes for 2013-14

Feb. 6, 2013—On Tuesday, Feb. 5, school community members came together to learn more about potential changes coming to Guilderland Central School District in 2013-14. The evening began with a brief presentation by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marie Wiles and Assistant Superintendent for Business Neil Sanders on the district's budget development process to date. View the presentation (PDF)

Following the presentation, participants then moved into small groups for a World Cafe exercise to learn more about each potential change for the upcoming school year. View the list of potential changes (PDF) There were six groups in total, each staffed by a facilitator and several school leaders on hand to answer questions and concerns from community members. Each small group focused on a different educational area, and explored the impact and rationale of all potential changes. View the impact and rationale sheets for all potential changes (PDF)

Based on the questions asked by community members that evening, the district has put together an FAQ document for each of the six educational areas discussed on Feb. 7. Click on any link below to view the corresponding FAQ document (PDF):

Elementary Staffing and Instruction

Middle School Staffing and Instruction

High School Staffing and Instruction

Special Areas (Art, Music, Business, Physical Education, Health, World Languages & Cultures, Athletics)

Special Education

Educational Support Services (Buildings & Grounds, Technology, Transportation and Administration)

At the conclusion of the World Cafe, community members then had a chance to share their questions, comments, and concerns with the larger audience during a brief “town hall” style reporting out session.

Since late November, more than 150 school community members have spent time learning about the many issues currently facing our school district as participants in our community conversation events. From the fiscal pressures of declining state aid and increased costs to the implementation of mandates and the continuation of the state's tax levy limit cap, attendees have raised excellent questions and provided useful feedback for district leaders regarding many of our toughest challenges.

However, with just over two months to go until the Board of Education is scheduled to adopt a budget for the upcoming school year, there is still much more work to be done. As the district struggles with the difficult and important choices ahead, we need to hear from you! If you would like to provide feedback on any of the items discussed at the Feb. 5 community conversation, please visit our Budget Feedback webpage.

Unable to attend? Replays of the event will be shown on Channel 16 in the days and weeks ahead. View the Channel 16 Program Guide You can also watch a replay of the event below.

 

 

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