Overview of District Departments
Following is a list, brief description and contact information for the various departments making up the South Colonie Central School District. Most district departments are located at the District Office, 102 Loralee Drive, unless otherwise noted below. The District Office phone number is (518) 869-3576. For more information on each department click on the links below.
Supervisors head the various academic departments of the South Colonie curriculum. These departments include English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, ESL, Foreign Language, Health, Physical Education, Technology and the Arts. For more on district Academics, click here.
South Colonie believes that participation in sports provides a wealth of opportunities and experiences that assist students in their education. Accordingly, the district offers students opportunities to participate in more than 20 sports across three seasons. The district is a member of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, competing as a Class A school in Section II. League affiliation is with the Suburban Scholastic Council. For more on Athletics, click here.
Board of Education/District Clerk
The nine-member South Colonie Board of Education meets regularly on the first and third Tuesday of each month. The meetings begin with a closed Executive Session at 7 p.m. followed by an open meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the District Office Board Room. For more on the Board of Education, click here. Jamie Mroczko is the District Clerk.
The Department of Buildings and Grounds and its staff of about 70 are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the district's eight school buildings and bus garage, as well as its acres of grounds and athletic fields. It's mission is to keep the buildings safe and conducive to learning while protecting the public's investment in its facilities. In addition to preventative maintenance and housekeeping, the department is also responsible for long range planning, budget development and implementation, capital improvements, environmental regulation compliance, health and safety code compliance, New York State Education Department facility code compliance, the district courier service, employee training and risk assessment. Mike O'Neil, X2446, is the Director of Facilities and John Yetto, X2448, is Supervisor of Custodial Services. The department secretary is Cindy Lupe, X2446. For current Buildings and Grounds bid opportunities, click here.
The district Business Office is responsible for overseeing all business operations including budgeting, payroll, accounts payable and receiving, contract negotiations, employee benefits, all insurances, capital construction and building maintenance, purchasing, legal correspondence, crisis intervention, contracts, transportation, food services, textbook distribution, etc. For more information on Business Office operations and Business Office contacts by department, click here.
Central Student Registration
The Central Student Registration office is responsible for registering new students while overseeing possible residency fraud. For more information on Central Registration, click here.
The Communications Office - a service provided through the Capital Region BOCES - is the news and information source for the district web site, liaison with the local media and producer of a variety of awarding-winning district publications. These publications include the InFocus community newsletter, Inside South Colonie staff newsletter, annual district calendar and budget newsletter, parent newsletter series, Continuing Education course book, brochures, curriculum guides and more. These publications are routine winners in the National and New York School Publication Relations Association contests for Educational Journalism. The mission of the Communications Office is to improve student achievement through effective communication, increase parent involvement in public schools, provide greater public accountability and build long-term community support for its schools. John Noetzel is the Communications Coordinator for the district.
South Colonie offers continuing education for all adults. Minimum fees are charged for registration, instruction and materials. A brochure listing the course offerings is mailed to all residents in August and December and classes begin each September and January. Special one-day bus trips and one-night workshops are offered as well as discounted courses for senior citizens. For more information on Continuing Education, click here.
In addition to managing the daily operations of the school district, the role of the South Colonie Superintendent of Schools is to set a “vision” for the district and orchestrate plans to move toward that vision with the financial resources available. The Assistant Superintendent for Instruction is responsible for overseeing district curriculum and student achievement.
The district Energy Manager oversees South Colonie's longstanding energy conservation program. For more information on this program, click here.
Food Services Department
The South Colonie Food Services Department offers a comprehensive breakfast and lunch program in each school building as well as free and reduced meals for those students and families that qualify. For more on Food Services, click here.
Health and Wellness
The Health and Wellness department and the nurses in each school provide a variety of services to students and their families including early health appraisals, examinations for interscholastic sports and working papers, annual screening of students’ weight, height, vision, hearing and scoliosis, assistance to students with physical and emotional disabilities, first aid for accidents and illness, record maintenance for health immunizations and more. For more information on the Health Department, click here.
The Department of Human Resources supports the South Colonie administrative staff in the recruitment, selection and hiring of more than 1,000 teaching and support staff. The department also works closely with the entire staff in the implementation of union/district initiatives, bargaining agreements and Board of Education policies. For more on the Human Resources Department, click here.
Information Technology Department
The district Information Technology Department is responsible for overseeing and implementing the district's computer hardware, software and electronic networking systems; the long-range technology plan, the South Colonie and New York State Data Warehouse system to improve business, personnel and instructional functions; the Wide Area Network, virtualized server and Electronic Document Management Service; employee and student tech support, Internet and email security, and initiatives for integrating technology into the curriculum to improve student achievement. For more information on the Information Technology Department, click here.
The district Pupil Services Department is located at Forest Park Elementary School, 100 Forest Drive, 869-6759.
The district Purchasing Department is responsible for securing and processing all vendor bids for numerous items from school buses to classroom furniture, ordering and inventoring of all office supplies, overseeing maintenance contracts, district printing, etc. For more information on the Purchasing Department, click here.
The district Special Education Department is located at Forest Park Elementary School, 100 Forest Drive, 869-6759
The district Textbooks Service is responsible for ordering, invoicing and distributing of all textbooks for both district school students (about 5,200) and private and parochial school students (about 700), maintaining a computerized textbook inventory and internal auditing. Private and parochial textbooks are distributed in August and returned in June to the book depository at Shaker Road Elementary School (the entrance is from Miracle Lane onto Kings Court). The textbook phone number is (518) 489-0685. A pick up and drop off schedule is published on this website during those periods.
The South Colonie Transportation Department runs an average of 80 buses each day – traveling about 15,000 miles a year. Approximately 5,200 public school students and a variety of private and parochial students ride South Colonie buses daily. For more information on the Transportation Department, click here.