Inside North Colonie Special Edition:
Feasibility Study Report
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Annexation Q & A
Voters overwhelmingly approve
October 11, 2007 - On Oct. 11, voters in
North Colonie and Maplewood overwhelmingly approved an official,
binding referendum that will cause the annexation of the
Maplewood-Colonie Common School District by the North Colonie
Central School District. The vote count in North Colonie was 1232
yes votes to 248 no votes, and 214 yes votes to 29 no votes in
"I am very excited about the results of the annexation referendum,
and I extend my thanks to the North Colonie and Maplewood residents
who voted to support this effort,” said North Colonie Central School
District Superintendent of Schools Randy Ehrenberg.
With the referendum's approval by a majority of residents in both
communities, the two school districts will become one on July 1,
2008. The Maplewood School will remain open as an elementary school
for at least the next 7-10 years, as assured by the North Colonie
Board of Education. Maplewood students in grades K-6 will remain at
Maplewood, while their seventh and eighth grade classmates will move
on to Shaker Junior High School.
The annexation will provide significant financial incentives to the
expanded district including:
• The receipt of $30 million in Operating Incentive Aid over the
next 14 years.
• A major increase in state Building Aid from 48 percent to 68
percent, which will enable the district to address infrastructure
needs in buildings with little cost to taxpayers.
• The ability to stabilize future tax rates, while adding and
improving upon academic and staff development programs.
The final vote comes after several months of deliberations by a
feasibility study committee representing both school districts, as
well as the completion of a feasibility study report. The committee
examined all aspects of the annexation including the significant
financial incentives available to North Colonie and the challenges
facing Maplewood. Ultimately, the group agreed to move forward with
a straw vote, which was overwhelmingly supported by both communities
in May 2007.