May 3 update: teacher appreciation; Meet the Candidates night

A message from Dr. Wiles:

Dear GCSD Families,

This week we honor and recognize the contributions of teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week. The past two years have made it very clear that teachers are the backbone of our district. Guilderland Central School District teachers are professionals who have approached many unique challenges with determination and an unwavering commitment to our students. They are the reason for Guilderland students’ continued success and well-being. Each and every day, I am grateful for their dedication to the students of this district. Please join me in expressing your appreciation.

Board of Education Meet the Candidates Night, May 9, 6:00 p.m.

On Monday, May 9, at 6:00 p.m., the Guilderland PTA Council is hosting a virtual Meet the Candidates Night to introduce potential board of education members to the community. The forum will be livestreamed on the GHS Media channel on YouTube and will be recorded.

District residents will vote on May 17 to fill four seats on the Guilderland Central School District Board of Education. Candidates run at-large and are elected to unpaid terms.

Three candidates will serve three-year terms beginning July 1, 2022. The seats are currently held by Gloria Towle-Hilt, Barbara Fraterrigo and Kelly Person. One candidate will serve a one-year term until June 30, 2023, to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of board member Benjamin Goes. Kimberly Blasiak was appointed by the board to fill this seat until the next regularly-scheduled school board election. Candidate bios are available on the district website.

COVID-19 cases for Apr. 29-May 3

The information below details the number of new COVID-19 positive cases for Apr. 29-May 3. For daily positive COVID-19 cases affecting GCSD, please visit the NYS COVID-19 Report Card.

Altamont Elementary School: 2 new cases
Guilderland Elementary School: 1 new cases
Lynnwood Elementary School: 4 new cases
Pine Bush Elementary School: 7 new cases
Westmere Elementary School: 5 new cases
Farnsworth Middle School: 5 new cases
Guilderland High School: 19 new cases

This evening at their regular meeting, the board of education will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget for the 2022-23 school year. This meeting will be held in the Large Group Instruction room at GHS and is open to the public. The meeting will also be live-streamed and can be viewed on the GHS Media YouTube channel. In addition to the budget hearing, another item on the meeting agenda is an update on start times for the 2022-23 school year.

As always, thank you for your patience and support.


Marie Wiles, Ph.D.

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