May 10 update: 2024-25 budget information; third annual Anti-Hate Rally; no school May 24

A message from Dr. Wiles:

Dear GCSD Families,

You may have noticed that elevating student voices has been a theme in some of the district’s communications this year. We believe it is essential that students have a voice and feel comfortable and empowered to take an active role in their education. The budget newsletter, which is currently arriving in residents’ mailboxes, showcases a few examples of students who have used their voice to make a difference in our community.

These students attended board of education meetings as champions for the programs that ignite their interest. Their advocacy is reflected in the proposed 2024-25 budget. This spending plan expands extracurricular activities to provide access to increased offerings in music, arts and athletics programs, while also maintaining lower class sizes and preserving robust academic opportunities that engage students.

Budget vote day is May 21

Please take a moment to read the budget newsletter and visit the district website to learn more about what’s included in the $125,192,817 proposed spending plan. The district website has details about what is on the ballot, including three additional propositions and the five candidates running for three board of education seats.

The annual school budget and board of education elections will take place 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, May 21. You can vote at your home elementary school. Voter registration is required in the Guilderland Central School District; learn more about voter eligibility, absentee ballot applications and early voting here.

GHS student groups to hold third annual Anti-Hate Rally

On Thursday, May 23 at 3 p.m., the Guilderland High School Student Voice Committee will host the third annual Anti-Hate Rally at GHS. The culmination of Unity Week, this event is completely organized, planned and run by GHS students and will feature activities, food and speeches, providing students with a platform for expression. All are welcome to attend.

No school, Friday, May 24

Please note there is no school on Friday, May 24. This is a contingent holiday because the district did not use more than two emergency closure days during the school year. The district offices will be closed as well. This extra day off gives all GCSD students, staff and teachers an extended Memorial Day holiday weekend!

Finally, when you read the budget newsletter please take note, on the last page, of the photograph of a GHS girls’ varsity wrestler in action. This compelling photograph was taken by Mike Koff, who graciously gave the district permission to use his photo. We failed to credit him in the newsletter and want to acknowledge his work here. Thank you, Mike!

Wishing all an enjoyable weekend and a pleasant Mother’s Day. Thank you for your continued support of Guilderland Central School District students and our school community.

Sincerely,

Marie Wiles, Ph.D.
Superintendent

 

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