A Board of Education Capital Project Workshop will take place on Saturday, March 7, at 9 a.m. in the District Office Board Room. The focus of the workshop will be the three K-8 grade-level configuration scenarios that are under consideration.
The purpose of the work session is to provide an opportunity for Board members to have a thorough discussion about the three options with each other and the district administration, architects and construction managers. The planning timeline calls for a configuration decision at a subsequent Board meeting in March. The March 7 workshop is open for the public to attend.
A school configuration decision in March would follow the community forums and online surveys that took place this year, as well as the Board’s deliberations. The selected option will be factored into a broader capital project that is expected to go before voters on Dec. 15, 2020.
The three school configuration options under consideration are:
- The current configuration of five K-5 Elementary Schools and two 6-8 Middle Schools.
- Five K-4 elementary schools, a 5-6 lower middle school and a 7-8 upper middle school serving students districtwide.
- Five K-5 elementary schools and a single grade 6-8 middle school serving students districtwide.
The district’s grade-level configuration is being considered for several reasons, including: projected enrollment growth and little existing capacity; the need to expand student opportunities in the most cost-effective way possible; and a desire to ensure that Niskayuna schools are best positioned for a program vision that calls for more teamwork, project-based learning, and student social and emotional support and growth.
The Board’s subsequent meetings are scheduled for Monday, March 9, and Tuesday, March 24.