GLOVERSVILLE — All the boxes are moved, and teachers are readying their classrooms for Sept. 6, the first day of school in the newly reconfigured Gloversville Enlarged School District.
“We are excited to begin the new school year with these changes in place,” Interim Superintendent Rob DeLilli said. “Everyone has worked very hard this summer to make the transition to two primary schools and an intermediate school successful.”
After two years of research and public input, the school board voted in February to reconfigure the district’s elementary schools for the 2017-18 school year to two pre-kindergarten through second grade primary schools at the Kingsborough and Park Terrace buildings and a grade 3-5 intermediate school at Boulevard.
The McNab building will now house early education and HFM BOCES special education programs, and the Meco school has been closed as the district seeks other uses for the building.
To help parents with student transportation, shuttle buses to Kingsborough, Boulevard and Park Terrace will be provided from the McNab building and the three elementary schools each morning and afternoon. Parents must fill out a form to have their child use the shuttle bus and should call the main office of their child’s school for more information if they have not yet signed up. A printable map of the shuttle schedule can be found at http://www.gesdk12.org/District/PDF’s/Shuttle_Bus_infographic.pdf. Those who have signed up to use the shuttles can expect to receive a letter along with their color-coded bus tags in the mail in the coming days.
To get everyone off on the right foot, the district is planning the following events for Tuesday, Sept. 5:
• Orientation for pre-kindergarten students: 1 to 2 p.m., Park Terrace and Kingsborough schools
• Orientation for kindergarten students: 2 to 3 p.m., Park Terrace and Kingsborough schools
• Open classroom time for grades 1-2: 2 to 3 p.m. at Park Terrace and Kingsborough schools
• Open classroom time for grades 3-5: 2 to 3 p.m. at Boulevard Elementary School
During the open classroom time, the buildings will be open for parents to accompany their children to find their classrooms and check out the building where they will be going to school. Parents will have an opportunity to talk with teachers at the open house events that are scheduled a few weeks into the school year. Please check the district calendar of events at http://www.gesdk12.org/Calendar/GESDEvents.cfm for details on each building’s open house.