Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed on a framework for the state budget with at least a $1.4 billion increase in school aid [and] a plan to allow the State Education Department to develop the new teacher evaluation system. The Cuomo administration said the aid increase for schools would be $1.4 billion, while Heastie said it would be nearly $1.6 billion. Lawmakers said they were still working out exactly how school aid would be distributed; Heastie said there was yet not a deal over how much money would flow through the Foundation Aid formula, which prioritizes need and so helps urban districts, as opposed to restoring cuts from the Gap Elimination Adjustment, which hit suburban areas hardest. He expected school aid "runs"—charts that delineate how much money each school district will get broken down by the various funding formulas—would be available on Monday. full story
South Colonie district officials presented the first draft budget proposal for the 2015-16 school year to the Board of Education on Tuesday, March 17. The first budget draft totals $96,122,162 - a spending increase over the current school year of 0.89% or $848,034. Hampering the budget development process is that state aid for education has been unknown. The state budget deadline is April 1. first budget draft (pdf)
Stakeholders from school districts around the Capital Region packed the Colonie Central High School auditorium Thursday night to continue an annual call to action on the fiscal crisis facing public schools. full story or view photo gallery
The South Colonie Board of Education has approved a plan (pdf) for next September to change the starting and ending times of some of its schools. The change, the result of an ongoing transportation study, is expected to save on overall transportation costs by lowering the number of daily bus runs and provide more time between runs for drivers to transport students to and from school. full story
Two long-time South Colonie Board of Education members were honored by their peers Tuesday night for earning the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) Board Excellence Award. Brian Casey and Shelle Jaquish were presented with the President's Spotlight Award for their NYSSBA achievement. full story
Three South Colonie science teachers participated in a Wind Energy Workshop that took place January 21, on the General Electric Co. Schenectady campus. full story
Three schools joined Colonie Central High School this year by participating in the national Hour of Code event. The Hour of Code is designed to demystify code and show that computer science is not 'rocket science,' anybody can learn the basics. view more information and a photo gallery
You can now register your child for the 2015-16 UPK lottery by making an appointment with the District Registrar, at the District Office on 102 Loralee Drive. Please call 869-3576 to schedule an appointment between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. more information
The South Colonie Board of Education has set its 2015-2016 budget development calendar and meeting schedule. view calendar (pdf)
South Colonie is conducting a brief survey regarding our Continuing Education program, and your response would be appreciated. Click here to take survey. Please note: This link cannot be forwarded, only copy and pasted. Thanks for your participation!
At its October meeting, the Board of Regents voted to authorize the State Education Department (SED) to finalize a plan that will allow New York’s students to choose from among multiple pathways to graduation, including a career and technical education (CTE) pathway. The plan is expected to receive final approval in January after a public comment period and will take effect for students graduating in June 2015. full story
A consortium of Capital Region BOCES, Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES and 17 school districts — including South Colonie — have won a $348,311 grant from the New York State Education Department to enhance and expand the expertise of area principals. full story
The New York State Education Department has given the go-ahead for a South Colonie solar energy project proposed a year ago. This is the final step for making the project a reality. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority approved the grant funding for it in August. The project will begin soon. view Original story
South Colonie residents went to the polls on Tuesday, October 21, and overwhelmingly approved a $13.8 million capital project to upgrade district facilities and technology without adding to school property taxes. The project passed by a vote of 610-186 (77 percent). full story
The South Colonie Central School District has been ranked No. 11 in the Albany area in student performance in a report by Business First. According to the publication, the rankings reflect the collective performance of each district's public schools from kindergarten through 12th grade over a period of four years. full story
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Albany, New York 12205
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