North Colonie Capital Project
The Board of Education is seeking input as it considers alternative options for a capital project that balance the best interests of students and the community. The format and topic for the upcoming community conversations will be identical.
- Community conversation: March 20, 7:00 p.m., SJHS (snow date for 3/14 and 3/15)
- Board of Education meeting: March 27, 7:15 p.m., Boght Hills Elementary
- Feedback from the community conversations and capital project proposals will be discussed by Board members
- Board of Education meeting: March 30, 7:00 p.m. Goodrich (District Office)
- The Board will adopt a capital project resolution that will be presented to voters in May
- Annual budget vote/capital project vote: May 16
A look back
On December 15, 2016, North Colonie residents voted down the district’s $196.4 million capital project by a tally of 2,189 no votes (54 percent) to 1,842 yes votes (46 percent.) The capital project had proposed to establish a 10-year plan to accommodate growth in enrollment, and included addition and renovation work throughout the district, with security updates for all eight school buildings.
As the district moves forward in determining its next steps for a capital project re-vote, district officials have made it a priority to engage the community for feedback. Two imperatives identified by the district were:
- To understand the reasons that led to the project’s defeat
- To learn what parts of the project are valued most by community members
An exit survey was conducted during the December referendum, with a response rate of 13 percent (506 of the 4,031 voters.) The report was provided to and studied by district administrators and the Board of Education. Click here for the report.
Jan. 30 Community Conversation
On January 30, the district hosted a community conversation that brought together more than 200 people, including parents, district residents, students and teachers. Following a brief presentation by Superintendent Corr, participants engaged in small group discussions led by Capital Region BOCES communications specialists. District administrators and Board of Education members spent time listening to the conversations that took place in classrooms to gain insight into participants’ concerns regarding the capital project. Click here for the full report.
March 20 Community Conversation
On March 20, the district hosted a community conversation attended by approximately 120 participants, including parents, district residents, students and teachers. Following a presentation by Superintendent Corr, the participants engaged in small group discussions led by Capital Region BOCES communications specialists. District administrators and Board of Education members spent time listening to the conversations that took place in classrooms to gain insight into participants’ thoughts and concerns regarding two capital project options that are currently being considered. One of these two options will be adopted by the Board of Education on March 30, and a capital project referendum will be presented to voters on May 16. Click here for a full report.