The Instructional Program Advisory Committee (IPAC) was convened by the Superintendent of Schools in the spring of 2016 to develop a vision for the future of education in our district. IPAC membership includes parents, teachers, administrators, community members and students. Rooted in the District Strategic Plan, IPAC’s charge is to guide programmatic and facilities decisions that support this vision, in connection with the many existing instructional initiatives.

IPAC has established four subcommittees that are currently working in priority areas: Enrollment Study and School Configuration; Homework (K-6); Pathways; and School Start Times. A summary of each committee’s work is below.

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2017-18 Meetings &  Minutes

  • Wednesday, Nov. 1, District Office Board Room, 7-9 p.m.  Minutes
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6, District Office Board Room, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Minutes
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28, District Office Board Room, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Minutes
  • Wednesday, May 2, District Office Board Room, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

IPAC Subcommittees

The four subcommittees are working between each general meeting of IPAC and sharing updates at the meetings of the full groups.

Enrollment Study and School Configuration

The Enrollment Study and School Configuration subcommittee is working with the consultant conducting the district enrollment projection and pupil capacity study in the summer/fall of 2017. The committee will help develop a strategy to engage the community in this area and will work to ensure that the findings of the study, the vision of IPAC, and existing initiatives are represented in potential facilities improvements and school configuration options ultimately considered by the district and community.

Co-chairs: Michelle Houghtaling (community member) and Mark Weintraub (community member)


The Homework subcommittee is focused on grades K-6. It will be reviewing literature and engaging parents, students and staff members, through focus groups and potentially surveys, to help formulate recommendations for the approach to homework at these grade levels.

Co-chairs: Shelley Baldwin-Nye (Glencliff principal) and Jacquie Gallo (parent)


This subcommittee is focused on pathways to college and careers and – ultimately – success in life for Niskayuna students. Its work includes a gap analysis to determine how current pathways align with the National College and Career Readiness Indicators. This will ultimately inform recommendations regarding additional pathways that should be developed. The subcommittee also expects to focus on the need for earlier student exposure to the various pathways to college and careers that exist.

Co-chairs: Chris Delano (Niskayuna High School teacher) and Christopher Shortt (parent)

School Start Times

This subcommittee is examining existing research and literature on the topic of school start times as well as benchmarking peer schools, including those who have adjusted start times. Niskayuna-specific information will be gathered by working with stakeholders and soliciting their perspectives. Ultimately, the committee will assess all of the factors and decide whether to recommend an adjustment to school start times in the district. A recommendation and work on implementation details would take place in the spring/summer of 2018.

Co-chairs: Deanna Bouton (parent) and TBD