History of Capital Project
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 moved forward in determining its next steps for a capital project re-vote, district officials 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 2016 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, 2017 Community Conversation
On January 30, 2017 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, 2017 Community Conversation
On March 20, 2017 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 revised capital project options that were being considered. Click here for a full report.
North Colonie Board of Education adopts resolution for $106.3 million capital project
During its meeting on March 30, 2017 the North Colonie Board of Education voted to adopt a resolution for a proposed capital project totaling $106.3 million. The decision was based on the community’s feedback, and what would address the district’s most immediate needs: significant enrollment growth, building security to ensure student safety, and learning spaces that better prepare students for success today and tomorrow. Click here for a web article announcing the adoption.
May 1, 2017 Capital Project Community Q & A
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 that were provided during the May 1 forum, below:
- STEAM Opportunities and Demonstrations (download fact sheet)
- Enrollment and Employment Trends (download fact sheet)
- Site Work, Athletic Fields, and Traffic (download fact sheet)
- Construction Phasing and Safety (download fact sheet)
- Costs, Taxation, and Finance (download fact sheet)
- Architectural Designs and Modernization (download fact sheet)
May, 16, 2017 annual budget vote/capital project vote
North Colonie residents approved the district’s $106.3 million capital project passed by a tally of 2,992 yes votes to 1,158 no votes, a margin of 72 percent.