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EDITORIAL: Help plan Niskayuna school district's future

EDITORIAL: Help plan Niskayuna school district's future

Public meetings this month, starting Thursday, give taxpayers a chance to influence capital projects
EDITORIAL: Help plan Niskayuna school district's future
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Classes might be over for Niskayuna kids, but for district residents concerned about the future of their schools and their taxes, there’s still more work to do.

Starting tomorrow night (Thursday, July 11) and then again on July 25 and July 31, residents of the district will have the opportunity to weigh in on potentially significant capital projects the district is considering in anticipation of a public referendum late next year.

These three community forums will feature small-group discussions on such potential changes as reconfiguration of the district’s eight school buildings to accommodate changing enrollment and other capital projects such as replacing the district’s high school track.

These changes not only will affect where kids go to school, transportation, teacher hiring and programs, but also school taxes well into the future.

District Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra Jr. in February outlined a potential schedule for capital improvements that he said included a $50 million project in 2020, a $40 million project in 2025, and $20 million in projects every five years after that.

What the district does and how much it spends will be based in part on your input, so your participation in these forums will be well worth your time.

The idea is to collect community input early in the process to help school board members, district officials and consultants identify and establish district priorities for the future.

To prepare for the discussions, we suggest you check out the information posted on the district’s website, https://www.niskayunaschools.org/.

Go all the way to the right and click on “Our Schools, Our Future,” which will direct you to all sorts of important information, including a district strategic plan and vision for curriculum and programs.

We also suggest you visit The Daily Gazette website, www.dailygazette.com, and type “Niskayuna capital projects” in the search line for past relevant articles.

To help the district know how many facilitators it needs for the July public meetings, officials suggest attendees sign up in advance at https://forms.gle/Lwa9AKGwE2vaF6uXA.

The forums on Thursday and on July 25 will each be held from 6 to 8 p.m., while the July 31 forum will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. All will be held in the Niskayuna High School Little Theater.

You can while away your summer like your kids

 Or you can help the school district, yourself and your fellow taxpayers develop a plan for the future. 

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