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Welcome to the South Colonie District Office


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Approximately 5,000 students attend school in South Colonie located in Colonie, New York - a suburb of Albany - the state’s capital, in the  middle of Tech Valley. Located in Albany County is one of the largest school districts in the Capital Region serving a community of 80,000 residents in a 60 square mile area.

The district’s goal is simple: To offer unlimited learning opportunities, to maintain high student expectations
for success and to provide taxpayers with an educational system they can be proud of and afford.

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district brochureThe district’s longstanding mission is to graduate students who have the knowledge, skills, attitude and self esteem to succeed in the real world of the 21st century. A talented staff of some 500 teachers, librarians, guidance counselors, nurses, psychologists, social workers and more are dedicated to making this happen. And a very active community and parent population continue to help shape the district’s direction.

It’s those extra opportunities South Colonie Central Schools offer its students that sets this district apart from the rest. From its pre-school and full day kindergarten programs for youngsters to its multitude of Advanced Placement and college-level courses for high school students to its comprehensive Continuing Education classes frequented by our senior citizens, South Colonie Schools have it all. To view a brochure on all our schools have to offer, click on the icon above, left.

Public Access to District Records

Under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), the public is entitled to inspect certain school district records. The Committee on Open Government is responsible for overseeing and advising with regard to the Freedom of Information, Open Meetings and Personal Privacy Protection Laws. The district's FOIL Officer is David Seaver. For a FOIL request form, click here (pdf).

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Perry Appointed New Director of Human Resources, Safe Schools & IT

Longtime South Colonie administrator, Dr. David Perry, Ph D., has been appointed to a new position at the District Office. Perry is the new Director of Human Resources, Safe Schools & Information Technology, replacing David Seaver who is retired June 30. The appointment is effective today, July 1. full story

South Colonie Ranks 16th Among Area School Districts

South Colonie Schools was ranked No. 16 among 85 area school districts in The Business Review’s annual School Report for 2014 - up one spot from last year. A school district’s overall score is a weighted tabulation that takes into account student test score results and graduation rates. view story

Fifth Annual South Colonie Technology Challenge

For the fifth consecutive year, Colonie Central High School volunteered to assist students and teachers with the Grade 4 technology challenge at all five elementary school. full story

Fairytale Ball Raises Nearly $13,000 For Love of Sophie Foundation

The South Colonie Central School District demonstrated its caring spirit in a magical way this spring by raising thousands for The Love of Sophie Foundation at the annual Fairytale Ball. full story

'Power of Food' Proudly Presented by the South Colonie PEP Grant

Elementary students from each of South Colonie's five K-4 schools where presented with a tasty, healthy snack this spring. Students in each building learned through a hands-on interactive presentation entitled: The Power of Food. more info & photo gallery

Strait Named Exceptional Bus Driver by Hudson Valley AAA

Congratulations to South Colonie bus driver Gary Strait, who was honored by the Hudson Valley chapter of AAA this spring with a 2014 Safe School Bus Driver Award for his superior dedication to the district during his 18-year career. full story

District Holds 22nd Annual ESL Picnic and Awards Ceremony

The South Colonie ESL Department held its 22nd Annual ESL Picnic and Awards Ceremony at Sand Creek Middle School in June. Families of ESL students from throughout the district gathered together for a pizza dinner, outdoor fun, and an awards ceremony celebrating the students’ progress in ESL this year. view a photo gallery

South Colonie Faculty/Staff Participate in CDPHP Work Force Team Challenge

South Colonie faculty and staff participated in the CDPHP Work Force Team Challenge at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on May 15. full story

Proposed 2014-15 South Colonie Budget to go Before Voters on May 20

A proposed $95.3 million district budget for the 2014-15 school year will go before voters on Tuesday, May 20. Polls are open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the five elementary school buildings. The Board of Education adopted a proposed $95,274,128 district budget in April, which carries a tax levy increase of 2.64 percent - slightly below the district's state levy cap of 2.66 percent. 2014-15 infocus budget newsletter (pdf) or view budget video

Board of Education Adopts Proposed $95.2 Million Budget With 2.64% Tax Levy Increase - Public Hearing May 6, 7 p.m., Saddlewood Elementary School

The Board of Education adopted a proposed $95,274,128 district budget Tuesday night for the 2014-2015 school year, which carries a tax levy increase of 2.64 percent - slightly below the district's state levy cap of 2.66 percent. The proposed budget includes a spending increase of 3.19 percent and will go before voters on May 20. full story

Second 2014-15 District Budget Draft Includes Additional State Revenues

Aid restored in the recently adopted state budget will lessen, but not end the financial challenges facing the South Colonie Central School District as it continue to prepare a budget for the 2014-15 school year. The Board of Education reviewed a second draft of the district budget on Tuesday which includes some increases in overall revenues for next school year after the New York State Legislature agreed to restore a small portion of the GEA (Gap Elimination Adjustment) and some Foundation Aid not originally included in the executive budget released by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in January. full story

Skidmore College SUPE Holds Book Drive for Secure Youth Detention Facility

When Olivia Frank started a local chapter of Students United for Public Education (SUPE), a national organization geared toward seeking equal access to quality education for all students, she and her peers were looking to find a local school in need of help. Olivia, President of the Skidmore SUPE chapter, made a phone call to Capital District Secure Juvenile Detention Facility in Colonie, and when South Colonie teacher Rebecca Oppenneer answered the phone, a project was born - SUPE would hold a book drive for the Secure Youth Detention Facility. full story

CCHS Teacher/Coach Arrest on Drug Charge, Put on Administrative Leave

A longtime Colonie Central High School teacher and coach has been put on administrative leave after being arrested on a drug charge Thursday. The district was notified today that James Boland, an employee since 1996, was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance. The arrest took place off of school property and the issue did not impact any on-campus events with our students. Boland is a CCHS social studies teacher and boys varsity basketball coach. "While the District cannot and should not speculate, we must act in a manner which protects the well-being of students while the questions and details of this issue are answered following a legal process," said South Colonie Superintendent Jonathan Buhner. Boland has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation and applicable proceedings.

District Adopts 2014-2015 School Calendar

South Colonie has adopted its new school calendar for the 2014-2015 school year. view calendar (pdf)

South Colonie Schools Participate in Regional Odyssey of the Mind Competition

South Colonie students from a variety of schools competed for the third year in the Regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament held in March at Shenendehowa High School. Teams of 5-7 students from various buildings around the district worked very hard for months on a “problem.” These problems ranged in variety from Theatre and Performing arts themed to Math and Science themed, and even some Robotic Engineering. view a photo gallery

Regents Adjust Common Core Implementation:

Full Implementation Delayed Until 2022 Teachers

Students Protected from Impact of Assessment Transition inBloom Delayed

The State Board of Regents P-12 Education and Higher Education Committees today adopted several measures presented in a report from a Regents’ work group to adjust the implementation of the new Common Core Standards. The full Board is expected to act on the Committee reports tomorrow (Tuesday, February 11th).  Included are changes that will delay the impact of Common Core-related state assessments on educators and students, and reduce the level of local school district testing associated with the new teacher evaluation law and higher standards for teaching and learning. full story

forum logoMore Than 1,000 Pack CCHS to Fight For Schools in Crisis

More than 1,000 packed into Colonie Central High School on Thursday to hear students, teachers and school district leaders hammer the state for cutting education funding and to talk about the effects. Billed as "NY Schools STILL in Fiscal Peril: Our Kids Can't Wait Another Year," the roundtable discussion centered on Gap Elimination Adjustment cuts but touched on ways schools are affected as their budgets are annually slashed. view stories

State Aid For Schools Increases, But GEA Remains in Gov.’s Budget Proposal

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed investment in New York State schools would increase by $807 million or 3.8 percent next school year but his budget plan still fails to address the underlying problem facing South Colonie and other school districts – the Gap Elimination Adjustment or GEA. South Colonie would see an overall 3.24 percent increase in state aid in 2014-15 under the Cuomo budget released yesterday but would still face a loss in aid due to the GEA of more than $3 million. That, added to GEA losses already totaling $13,320,502 since the 2010-11 school year, would bring the total GEA reduction to South Colonie to $16,504,850, under the governor’s plan. full story

Letter From Superintendent Buhner to Gov. Cuomo Regarding State Aid For 2014-15 School Year

Click here (pdf) to view a letter from South Colonie Superintendent Jonathan Buhner to Gov. Cuomo regarding state aid for the 2014-15 school year.

South Colonie Capital Project Work is on Schedule and Within Budget

Phase I work on South Colonie's latest capital project has been completed as planned and is within projected budget parameters. Construction crews had a busy summer season as work got underway on the first phase of the $4.375 million capital project approved by South Colonie voters last October. full story

How Parents Can Help Kids Shift Their Learning to the Common Core

Whether or not you agree with the new standards or state testing, it is the reality our children are facing right now. Our Friends over at Parent Today have provided these valuable resources for parents to help their kids navigate the new world of Common Core. full story

South Colonie Resident Approve School Bus Replacement Proposition 641-236

South Colonie residents went to the polls on Wednesday, October 9, and passed the annual school bus proposition for planned replacement of older vehicles by a vote of 641-236. full story

South Colonie Ranked 11th in Capital District in Academic Performance by Business First Journal

South Colonie Central Schools placed 11th in the Capital District in Business First journal's annual ranking of school districts by academic performance. The 11th place ranking compares South Colonie among 83 districts in the Capital District. Business First used a 168-part formula to generate the Albany Area rankings, based on four years of standardized test scores from the New York State Education Department. The tests ranged from statewide exams for third graders in English and math up to the full array of Regents exams for high schoolers. full story

South Colonie Awarded $1.7 Million Federal Grant to Enhance PE Opportunities For Students

The South Colonie Central School District has been notified that it is one of only 11 school districts in New York State to be awarded a three-year, $1.7 million federal grant to help initiate, expand and enhance Physical Education programs for children. The district’s application for the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant has been accepted, according to Congressman Paul Tonko’s office, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education. full story

District Seeks Grant to Go Solar

Proposal Projected to Save District Taxpayers $1.7 Million Over 20 Years

The sun is shining on South Colonie Schools these days – lighting the way for the district to potentially cut its yearly electric utility charges in half with a new solar energy system that can be purchased, installed and maintained at no cost to taxpayers. While most people were lying in the sun this summer, the district was exploring how to harness the sun’s energy to help power its schools and offices. The end result is a proposal which could be funded through a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and save the district $64,000 in the first year and $1.7 million over a 20-year period. full story

Board of Education Adopts New Tax Rates

The South Colonie Board of Education adopted new district property tax rates for the 2013-14 school year at its meeting Tuesday night. The new rates are $26.37 per $1,000 assessed value for South Colonie home and business owners, $20.15 per $1,000 in Guilderland, and $17.21 per $1,000 in Niskayuna. Due to assessment growth in the Town of Colonie, the projected tax levy increase for Colonie property owners was less than originally projected last May, up 4.31 percent instead of 4.98 percent.

Important New Information About STAR

New in 2013, taxpayers currently receiving the Basic STAR exemption must re-register with the state by Dec. 31, 2013, in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. This, however, does not affect school tax bills that will be mailed this fall. If you are already registered for STAR you will receive your exemption. The state will mail letters to current registrants explaining the new STAR registration process for 2014 and thereafter or click here to learn how to do this now online.

Summer Construction Heats Up on Capital Project

Construction crews have had a busy summer season as work got underway on the first phase of the $4.375 million capital project approved by South Colonie voters last October. Workers spent much of the summer re-roofing sections of Colonie Central High School and Sand Creek Middle School – both of which were in poor condition and identified for replacement in the district’s Building Conditions Survey and 5-Year Renovation Plan. full story

Obama Pushes Internet Access Plan For Schools

President Obama liked the idea laid out in a memo from his staff: an ambitious plan to expand high-speed Internet access in schools that would allow students to use digital notebooks and teachers to customize lessons like never before. Better yet, the president would not need Congress to approve it. White House senior advisers have described the little-known proposal, announced earlier this summer under the name ConnectEd, as one of the biggest potential achievements of Obama’s second term. full story

Grades 3-8 Test Scores Reflect New Era of Curriculum and Assessment

The State Education Department (SED) today released results of the grades 3-8 exams that students took last spring—completely revamped math and English Language Arts (ELA) tests that reflect the new, more difficult Common Core Learning Standards. As expected, the massive changes in curriculum, testing and scoring practices resulted in a significant decrease across the state in student proficiency levels compared with previous years. full story


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