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Building Capacity Study

A commitment to balance the mission of a school district with the resources available to it is critical at all times, but particularly so when financial times are tough. Declining enrollment and a variety of fiscal challenges prompted the Guilderland Board of Education to request an independent study of the district's kindergarten through twelfth-grade programming beginning in Fall 2013. The district contracted with the Planning Service at the Madison-Oneida BOCES to conduct the study which involved a thorough analysis of capacity levels, programming and scheduling at each school building, interviews with the district's administrative team, visits to school facilities and the gathering of demographic information and enrollment projections. The completed study was made available publicly in June 2014. In August 2015, the Alternative Repurposing Task Force shared their final report. (View full information below)

Latest News & Information

District to lease space to private Pre-K provider LEARN MORE

 

Alternative Uses of Space final report now available

Final report provided by the Repurposing Task Force: ViEW IT HERE

Classroom Space Availability report

After reviewing the Repurposing Task Force Final Report, the Board of Education directed the administration to investigate the lease of available classroom space for private pre-kindergarten program providers. VIEW THE CLASSROOM SPACE AVAILABILITY REPORT

 

Alternative Uses of Space: Repurposing Task Force final report now available VIEW IT HERE
(Posted August 2015)

 

Building Capacity archives 2013-2015

Repurposing Task Force holds organizational meeting

On Monday, March 16, 2015, the Guilderland Central School District Repurposing Task Force met for the first time to begin investigating alternative uses of available space within the district. Learn more

 

Nearly 75 people attend Future of Guilderland Schools Summit

On Wednesday, Nov. 19, nearly 75 Guilderland Central School District residents came together to talk about one essential question: How do we sustain our commitment to our core mission with the resources currently available to us? Learn more about the event

 

District to hold Future of Guilderland Schools Summit

Please note: As of Friday, Nov. 14, online registration has closed for the Future of Guilderland Schools Summit. The Guilderland Board of Education is leading a community-wide effort to seek local opinions on the future of our schools. To that end, on Wed., Nov. 19, the district will hold its first Future of Guilderland Schools Summit at Tech Valley High School in Albany. Learn more

 

Unable to attend the September 29 community meeting?

On Monday, September 29, more than 30 community members attended an informational meeting related to the district's recent building capacity study. Download the PowerPoint presentation (PDF) If you were unable to attend, you can now watch a replay of the event on Channel 16 in the Town of Guilderland on  Mondays and Fridays at 12 p.m., Tuesdays at 3 p.m., and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. or view a replay online (see below).

   
Part I: Presentation Part I: Q & A and Public Comments

 

Nov. 1 focus group event has been canceled; upcoming meetings set for Sept. 29 and Nov. 19

At its meeting on September 23, 2014, the Guilderland Board of Education unanimously agreed to cancel the upcoming focus group community event scheduled for November 1. The cancellation comes on the heels of the Board’s decision to remove from discussion the six scenarios included in the Building Capacity Study report provided to the district by Dr. Paul Seversky last June. The scenarios were to be the main topic of the Nov. 1 event. Learn more

 

Community meeting set for Sept. 29 to discuss building capacity study update

Please join us on Monday, September 29 for a community meeting related to the district's recent building capacity study. Scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Guilderland High School LGI, this informational session will feature an overview of the study process to date. District leaders will discuss factors which led up to the study and will also take a closer look at some of the data presented in the final report. Download the PowerPoint presentation (PDF) In addition, there will also be an opportunity for residents to ask questions and provide feedback to district leaders during the event. Please note: In order to ensure that all attendees have an opportunity to speak, questions and comments will be strictly limited to 2-3 minutes. No RSVP is required to attend this meeting, which will also be televised on Channel 16 in the Town of Guilderland. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

BOE votes to remove scenarios from discussion

At its meeting on August 19, the Guilderland Central School District Board of Education voted 7-2 to remove from discussion the six scenarios included in the Building Capacity Study report provided to the district by Dr. Paul Seversky last June. Under the motion approved by the board, the data provided in Dr. Seversky's report will remain a topic of discussion for district leaders and the community in the days ahead. In light of this board action, the district is currently reevaluating the content and delivery of scheduled public meetings related to the Building Capacity Study. Additional information will be posted to the website as it becomes available.

 

Building Capacity Study report clarifications

In an effort to provide the most accurate and up-to-date data, the district has created a document clarifying and correcting some items from the original Building Capacity Study report provided by Dr. Paul Seversky.
Read the clarification document (PDF)

 

Upcoming opportunities for community input related to building capacity study
(from Summer 2014 district newsletter) Learn more

 

Community meeting held June 16 to discuss results of recent building capacity study Learn more

 

GCSD conducts district-wide building capacity study;
Reports released on enrollment projection and pupil capacity Learn more

 

GCSD to conduct district-wide building capacity study throughout the fall
(from Summer 2013 district newsletter) Learn more

 

Introduction of Building Capacity Study video
(September 3, 2013 community meeting) Watch the video

 

Introduction of Building Capacity Study in the GCSD Facilities Report
(July 2013)
Read the report