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Click on the image above to download an application (PDF).

Application deadline extended to October 1
District seeks applicants for Nov. 1 building capacity focus group*


*Please note: The focus group date has changed since this story was originally published in June. In order to have wide participation from across the entire district, the focus group meeting date has been moved from Sept. 20 to Nov. 1 and the application deadline has been extended to Oct. 1.  

July 18, 2014—On Monday, June 16, Guilderland Central School District held a community meeting with Dr. Paul Seversky, a consultant with the Planning Service at the Madison-Oneida BOCES, to discuss the findings of the recent district-wide building capacity study. More than 100 residents—mostly parents—attended the meeting to learn more about the findings and options for consideration presented in Dr. Seversky’s report.

"Thank you to everyone who joined us for this important meeting. Your interest and participation was very much appreciated," said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marie Wiles. "However, there is still much more work to be done."

Guilderland is at the very beginning of what will certainly be a long and thorough analysis of data and research to determine whether or not there may be more cost-effective ways to deliver its K-12 programming. While Dr. Seversky presented school leaders and the community with several options for possible consideration, they are all still just that—options. No decisions have been made at this point in time and the district is not recommending one option over another.

On November 1, 2014, the district will host a community focus group, facilitated by Dr. Seversky, to engage a group of residents in a structured discussion about the findings and scenarios outlined in the building capacity study report.

The focus group activity will be limited to 30-36 participants, representing a cross section of residents from across the school district. The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to about 2:30 p.m. and will be open to the public.

Any district resident interested in participating as a focus group member is invited to apply no later than October 1. Download an application (PDF) The Board of Education will review all applications received and is expected to appoint selected volunteers at the October 21 board meeting.

"Exploring our options about how best to deliver our K-12 program is a huge undertaking; we will not take this work lightly," said Wiles. "We will listen carefully to the perspectives of our entire community. We hope that you will join us in this critical conversation." 

Additional opportunities for community input related to the building capacity study

September 29, 2014: Please join us for a second community meeting on Monday, September 29 to introduce the building capacity study to those who may not have been able to attend the June community meeting. 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 as well as a brief summary of the final report. There will also be an opportunity for residents to ask questions and provide feedback to district leaders during the event.

November 6, 2014: Please join us on Thursday, November 6 for a community conversations related to the study. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Guilderland High School LGI. Addition program details to follow.

Anytime: Community feedback is also always welcome through phone calls, in person, or via e-mail at


Please note: The building capacity focus group application posted above is an interactive PDF and works best when viewed in Internet Explorer or FireFox. Residents using Chrome to view the application will need to have two Plugins that have to be turned on in Chrome in order for the PDF submit button to work. Chrome users who no not wish to load the necessary Plugins should save the PDF file and open it in Acrobat reader to complete and submt.

District residents may either complete the form online and press the "submit form" button to e-mail it directly to the district clerk or they may choose to print out the completed form to mail in to: Linda Livingston, District Clerk, Guilderland Central School District, 8 School Road, P.O. Box 18, Guilderland Center, NY 12085.

Depending on the home user's e-mail system, completed applications will either be automatically attached to a new e-mail message once the "submit form" button is pressed or they may have to do a "save as" and manually attach the form to a new e-mail message. If users are prompted to manually attach the file, an information box will appear letting them know to whom the message should be sent.