The North Colonie Board of Education and administration are working to proactively address issues facing our schools presently, and in the next decade and beyond. One of the issues facing the district is a sharp increase in the district’s enrollment, resulting in elementary grade levels currently reaching maximum capacity in some buildings. A recent demographic study forecasts an additional 939 students enrolling over the next ten years, mostly populating grades K-6. In addition, the Capital District Regional Planning Commission projects that the district will experience 800 new housing units coming online between 2016 and 2020.
While these numbers certainly present challenges for the district, they also present a tremendous opportunity to shape our schools both physically and academically for 21st century learning. Developing an educational and strategic vision for the future will have a profound impact on the children of our community for decades to come.
A Community Education Summit will be held April 12, 2016, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at The Crossings of Colonie, 580 Albany Shaker Rd., Loudonville. A light dinner will be served from 5:30-6:00 p.m. During the meeting, participants will be engaged in facilitated brainstorming and visioning discussions that will have a direct impact on the district’s decision making as it moves forward with anticipated building projects. We are eager to hear your thoughts and opinions as we bring together a cross section of our community.
We will seek input from the group on a wide range of important issues including:
- What skills and competencies do our students need to develop and become productive citizens in a global economy?
- How should our schools deliver education in the coming decade so that our students are equipped with the required skills and confidence to succeed?
- What changes does North Colonie have to make to ensure that our school facilities offer an environment where our vision of education can be delivered in a 21st century context?
Because of space limitations at The Crossings of Colonie and the summit’s roundtable format, we ask families to limit attendance to one person per household. The summit format allows us to accommodate 110 people, divided equally between the internal and external school communities. Please RSVP by Monday, March 28 to North Colonie Communications Specialist, Taryn Kane.
Confirmed attendees will receive a link to a pre-summit online survey that will help generate the discussion on April 12. The collective wisdom of our community will be invaluable to this process. Thank you once again for your willingness to help us plan for the future.