GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, in the middle school auditorium on its plan to reconfigure the district’s schools for the 2017-18 school year.
For nearly two years, the GESD Board of Education has been discussing options to address the challenges of declining enrollment, rising operational costs and unpredictable revenue. Board members also have been seeking ways to improve academic performance throughout the district.
The board has considered the findings of a future planning study done by an independent consultant and input gathered during community forums.
At their January meeting, board members decided to move forward with a plan to reconfigure the district’s schools using a model that includes neighborhood schools and grade-level grouping. The changes will result in repurposing McNab Elementary School and closing Meco Elementary School. The board will continue its discussions about what Meco could be used for in the future.
The reconfiguration is projected to save the school district about $800,000 annually.
The hearing will serve as an opportunity for district residents to ask questions and voice concerns they have regarding the proposed changes, which include:
• Creating two primary schools (pre-kindergarten to second grade) at Kingsborough and Park Terrace based on attendance zones
• Establishing Boulevard as an intermediate school for grades 3-5
• Housing early education and BOCES Special Education programs at McNab
• Closing and repurposing Meco
“The board has worked hard throughout this process to come up with a solution that would best serve our students and our community going forward,” Superintendent Michael Vanyo said. “We hope anyone who has questions or concerns about the proposed changes will plan to attend the public hearing.”
Vanyo previously said the board is currently considering implementing the new system during either the 2017-18 or 2018-19 school year.
The district was previously considering four delivery options based on enrollment data, financial projections, educators’ insights and community feedback since the release of a 2015 program delivery study.
The different options included restructuring neighborhood schools, a grade-level grouping model or keep the current system. However, the board has decided to move forward with the hybrid system that uses both grade-level grouping and the neighborhood school model.
The Board of Education members may vote on the reconfiguration as early as that evening during their regular meeting, which will immediately follow the hearing.
In case of inclement weather, the public hearing will take place Tuesday, Feb. 28.