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North Colonie Capital Project

2017-18 School Budget/Capital Project newsletter

Learn more about the proposed 2017-18 school budget and capital project referendum. Download a copy of the May 2017 North Colonie Central School District newsletter, here.

Capital Project referendum is Tuesday, May 16 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

After two successful community conversations this winter, the district is moving forward with a proposed $106.3 million capital project, based on the community’s feedback, which addresses our most immediate needs: significant enrollment growth, building security to ensure student safety, and learning spaces that better prepare students for success today and tomorrow.

On May 1, residents were invited to learn more about the capital project proposal during a presentation and community Q&A at Shaker Junior High School. Superintendent Joseph Corr presented an overview of the project, view here. Community members then had an opportunity for questions and answers about enrollment growth, project cost and tax impact, STEM learning spaces, and site work.

View or download the handouts provided during the May 1 forum, below:

If you did not have a chance to attend the May 1 forum, please stop by the Goodrich Building for coffee and conversation with Superintendent Joe Corr this Saturday – May 13 – at 10 a.m. Mr. Corr will share information and answer questions about the proposed school budget and the capital project proposal.

Residents will vote on the proposed 2017-18 school budget and capital project referendum: 

  • Annual budget vote/capital project vote: Tuesday, May 16, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

North Colonie Board of Education adopts resolution for $106 million capital project

During its meeting on March 30, the North Colonie Board of Education voted to adopt a resolution for a proposed capital project totaling $106.3 million that will be presented to the public for a vote on Tuesday, May 16, the date of the annual school budget vote. More information

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

Exit survey

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.