On Tuesday, May 16, North Colonie residents will vote on a proposed $107.2 million budget for the 2017-18 school year. Under the proposed plan, spending would increase 1.8 percent more than the current year and would yield an estimated tax rate increase of 0.94 percent. The proposed school budget maintains all current programming and provides additional support for special education and English as a New Language programs. More information
In addition to the school budget, voters will be asked to consider a separate capital project referendum totaling $106.3 million during the May 16 vote. The proposed project includes expansion and renovations at the elementary schools and the conversion of Shaker Junior High School to a 6-8 middle school to accommodate significant growth in enrollment, as well as security updates at all eight school buildings. More information
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.
Links to view or download the handouts that were provided at the May 1 forum are available 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)
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.
- Tuesday, May 16, Annual School Budget Vote, Capital Project Referendum and BOE Election, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Goodrich Building