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District to lease space to private Pre-K provider

May 30, 2016—In fall 2016, the Guilderland Central School District will welcome Victory Child Care Inc. to three of its school buildings to provide private Pre-K programming for three and four year olds. The Board of Education voted to accept the proposal of Victory Child Care, Inc. during a special meeting on April 7 that will result in two Pre-K classrooms each at Pine Bush Elementary School, Altamont Elementary School and Farnsworth Middle School.


“The addition of Pre-K programming is a win-win for our school community,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marie Wiles. “Leasing the space to Victory Child Care will help fill excess capacity in our buildings, generate revenue for our school district, and provide a needed service in our community.”


The community has been working for more than two years to address the impact of declining student enrollment while it balances the mission of the school district with available resources. Enrollment is projected to remain relatively flat for the next 10 years.
In January, the district, with the recommendation from a task force of citizen volunteers and district stakeholders, issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking qualified and licensed Pre-K providers who would be interested in contracting with the district to offer quality Pre-K programs within the school district buildings. Two proposals were received.

“Leasing six rooms to Victory Child Care, Inc. will net the district more than $195,000 over five years,” said Assistant Superintendent for Business Neil Sanders.

The program will pay for its own classroom furnishings and playground equipment. The district will pay for fencing at the three schools and will pay to modify a bathroom at FMS to be used by younger students. The upgrades will be completed over the summer, so that the pre-school program can start in the fall.



Supplemental links:

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 final report now available

Final report provided by the Repurposing Task Force. VIEW IT HERE