The Niskayuna Central School District is seeking public input into the types of building renovations and expansions the district should pursue as part of a planned major overhaul of its school buildings.
The district plans to host a virtual meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday for community members to participate in answering questions that will guide the district’s architects as they move forward with the capital project, which is slated to go up for voter approval in December.
Wednesday’s activity will sort participants into groups of around five, who will meet in smaller virtual meetings, and have them go through a list of different types of building components and characteristics – for example, classrooms have the ability to shrink or grow easily based on different needs – scoring how important those traits are.
The architects helped develop the exercise to gauge the community’s desires for what the new education spaces will look like and be able to do.
“At the end of it, the architects will walk away with what people’s priorities are,” Niskayuna spokesman Matt Leon said.
Leon said a panel of community members who have helped guide the capital project for over a month were invited to participate in a Monday version of the activity, which will be open to be broader community Wednesday.
The Niskayuna school board last month agreed to move forward with a capital project that centers around transitioning its middle-level grades from a pair of 6-8 middle schools to a districtwide 5-6 school and a districtwide 7-8 school. All the district’s buildings, though, are in line to receive attention as the project also looks to fix basic building infrastructure and expand to accommodate projected enrollment increases in the coming years.
Anyone who is interested in participating is asked to RSVP.