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Repurposing Task Force holds organizational meeting

March 17, 2015—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.

Comprise of 40 community volunteers (see complete list at right), the task force will meet throughout the spring to review and investigate a variety of options for repurposing excess space in one or more buildings in the district. The task force will consider issues such as the need, viability, logistics, and potential for generating revenue for potential alternative uses for excess space within the district.

The organizational meeting began with a brief presentation by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marie Wiles which included a summary of events leading up to the meeting as well as a review of the challenges facing the district--declining enrollment, excess space, and limited resources. View the presentation (PDF)

Dr. Wiles then outlined the charge of the task force and divided task force members into four sub-groups based on their expressed common areas of interest:

Group #1: Pre-K

Group #2: Adult Day Care

Group #3: Incubator Start-Up

Group #4: Commercial Rental

 

Each sub-group was asked to identify a co-facilitator and note-taker, and establish meeting times for future sub-group work. They also identified the work that needs to be done and reported their progress to the larger group. 

Throughout the next several months, each sub-group will investigate the viability of their specific topic area. In particular, task force members will be asked to address the following four questions:

Is there a NEED for service/activity/opportunity in our community?

Is the service/activity/opportunity FEASIBLE to be housed in one or more of our facilities?

Does the service/activity/opportunity ALIGN with our district’s mission, vision, goals and priorities?

Will the service/activity/opportunity generate REVENUE to support the school district?

 

At the conclusion of its work, the task force will share findings and make recommendations to the Superintendent and Board of Education for their consideration and potential action.

 

 

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