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Upcoming community conversation set for Feb. 4 to review and discuss list of potential changes for 2015-16

Jan. 16, 2015—On Wednesday, February 4 (snow date: Feb. 10), Guilderland Central School District will host a community conversation to take a closer look at the district’s budget development process and to review a list of all potential changes to the district’s spending plan under consideration for 2015-2016. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Guilderland High School LGI and is open to all district residents and school community members.

Since late October, school and district leaders have been reviewing the current status of programs and staffing at all levels and developing budget recommendations for the upcoming school year based on enrollment projections and an analysis of student needs. The event on Feb. 4 will be the community’s first opportunity to provide input and comments on the recommendations before any final decisions are made.

The community conversation will begin with an overview of the current conditions shaping the budget and programmatic changes that must be considered. Attendees will then participate in small group work sessions related to a list of potential changes for the upcoming school year.

More specifically, community members will have the opportunity to participate in a World CafĂ© exercise, rotating through different budget "stations" to meet with school leaders and ask direct questions regarding proposed changes in the various topic areas. At the end of the evening, community members will also have the chance to share their questions, comments, or concerns with the larger audience during a brief “town hall” style reporting out session.

With just over three 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!

Please plan to join us on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, for this important community conversation.