May 10 update: school nurse appreciation; Meet the Candidates Night recording

A message from Dr. Wiles:

Dear GCSD Families,

In one week, on May 17, Guilderland Central School District residents will vote on the proposed $109,887,845 budget for the 2022-23 school year. If approved, the proposed budget would increase the lax levy by 2.98%, which is within the district’s levy limit. In addition, district residents will decide on a separate bus and equipment proposition and will elect four members to the board of education.

The proposed budget plan that residents will vote on is for GCSD’s general operating budget, which pays for day-to-day operations of schools, including salaries, program costs, utilities and maintenance. The general operating budget should not be confused with the federal COVID relief funds the district has received. These funds are finite, meaning GCSD will receive them only for a limited time period. If you would like to learn more about how GCSD is using these one-time, limited federal funds, visit the district website.

Meet the Candidates Night

Last evening, the Guilderland PTA Council hosted a virtual Meet the Candidates Night to introduce potential board of education members to the community. If you were unable to watch the forum last night, you can view the recording on the GHS Media channel on YouTube. We encourage all families to learn about the candidates for board of education. District residents will vote on May 17 to fill four seats on the GCSD board of education.

COVID-19 cases for May 6-May 10

The information below details the number of new COVID-19 positive cases for May 6-May 10. For daily positive COVID-19 cases affecting GCSD, please visit the NYS COVID-19 Report Card.

Altamont Elementary School: 13 new cases
Guilderland Elementary School: no new cases
Lynnwood Elementary School: 1 new case
Pine Bush Elementary School: 9 new cases
Westmere Elementary School: 4 new cases
Farnsworth Middle School: 5 new cases
Guilderland High School: 23 new cases

Tomorrow is National School Nurse Day, a day to recognize the hard work and dedication of the GCSD school nurses. Our nurses go above and beyond to ensure the health, safety and well-being of GCSD students – the past two years have most certainly brought that to light. Our students are learning in classrooms again, due in large part to the work of our nurses. What they do every day contributes to the success of our students and for that, I’m extremely grateful. Please join me in expressing appreciation for their commitment to our students.

Thank you for your continued support.


Marie Wiles, Ph.D.

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