In a nod to public concerns, Gloversville school officials have announced that any possible reconfiguration of the district’s schools wouldn’t happen until the 2017-18 school year.
In the meantime, the district said on its website that it will form a task force of teachers, administrators, parents and community leaders to review a series of three reconfiguration proposals and suggest other options.
At a public meeting last month, Gloversville Superintendent Michael Vanyo cited declining enrollment and fiscal concerns as driving a need to consolidate facilities. Vanyo said the proposals would save the district $1 million a year.
But residents raised a handful of concerns at the meeting, arguing that Vanyo’s original target of next school year wouldn’t give the district enough time to make a decision and implement a successful transition. Residents also said the district hadn’t gathered enough input from stakeholders.
“Do you honestly think you can have all of this in place by the start of September? You have staff to move and busing to work out and before- and after-school programs,” former Gloversville teacher Rosaria Girouard said at the meeting. “Maybe you aren’t giving yourself enough time to make this work.”
The delay also would make a partnership with Adirondack Academy — an HFM BOCES alternative school — nearly impossible. The academy is running out of space at its building near Fulton-Montgomery Community College and is looking to move in time for next school year.
Potentially renting a Gloversville elementary school to the Adirondack Academy emerged as a sticking point among some residents at last month’s meeting.
The three reconfiguration options, presented last week, were consolidating elementary schools, creating a fifth- and sixth-grade “school within a school” at the district middle school, and finding new uses for two elementary schools — such as creating an early childhood center.
The district plans to hold a meeting Monday at 6 p.m. in the Gloversville Middle School cafeteria to discuss the task force and timeline for its meetings.
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