Timeline emerges as Niskayuna heads toward capital project vote

Superintendent eyes December 2020 referendum on capital project to remake district - physically and academically

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NISKAYUNA — Architects are expected to present the Niskayuna school board with designs for three capital project scenarios next month as the district heads toward a planned December 2020 referendum on the project.

At either the board’s Jan. 14 or Jan. 27 meeting, the district’s architects are slated to present preliminary information about for a capital project under one of three scenarios: keep the schools structured as they are; establish a district-wide middle school for students in sixth through eighth grades; or, send all the district’s fifth- and sixth-graders to one school and all of its seventh- and eighth-graders to a separate school.

Regardless of the configuration the district moves ahead with, all of the district’s buildings are expected to receive renovations and possibly expansions as the project aims to address growing enrollment and outdated building infrastructure.

The board is still gauging community and staff interest in the different district configurations, while district officials are identifying the possible academic pros and cons to the different options. A committee surveying teachers about the different options is expected to present findings to the school board at its Jan. 14 meeting.

The January architects’ presentation will mark the first public look at how the capital project may remake the district’s buildings.

If the district puts the project up for voter approval in mid-December of next year, the board will need to approve a resolution for the vote sometime in October.

To reach the October deadline, the school board will need to narrow to one configuration sometime around April, giving the architects and engineers time to finalize conceptual designs to take to the public for the December vote.

District officials are planning to host a pair of community forums on the capital project and possible new district configuration in January as well: Wednesday, Jan. 22 and the morning of Saturday, Jan. 25.

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