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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.

What South Colonie District video

 

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 Perry. For a FOIL request form, click here (pdf).

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South Colonie Part of Teaching is the Core (TiTC) Grant

South Colonie Central Schools is participating the Teaching is the Core (TiTC) grant through a consortium of 12 districts, led by Capital Region BOCES and funded through a $399,946 grant from the New York State Education Department. The initiative aims to thoughtfully review and improve assessments in consortium districts to ensure they inform instruction and support learning goals. full story

South Colonie's Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

For the third consecutive year, the NAMM Foundation has recognized South Colonie for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation. full story

Hundreds pack Colonie High for ‘Save Our Schools’ advocacy event

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

Board of Education Approves School Day Schedule Changes For September

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

South Colonie Science Teachers Attend GE Wind Energy Workshop

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

Duncan Lays Out Priorities For Education Law: Testing, Preschool Funding, Teacher Evaluations

Education Secretary Arne Duncan spelled out his priorities for a new federal education law Monday, calling on Congress to build in funding for preschool, add $1 billion annually in federal aid for schools with the neediest students, and maintain the federal mandate that says states must test students every year in math and reading. full story

Obama to Unveil Proposal For Tuition-Free Community College

President Obama will propose making community college tuition-free for “responsible students,” launching what officials described as an ambitious plan for the federal and state governments to widen access to higher education. Under a program dubbed America’s College Promise, administration officials said, an estimated 9 million students a year nationwide could benefit. The average tuition savings for a full-time student at a public two-year college was estimated to be $3,800 a year. full story

Transportation Study Calls For School Day Schedule Changes

South Colonie is considering a plan for next September to change the starting and ending times of its eight schools. The change, the result of an ongoing transportation study (pdf), 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

South Colonie Participates in National Hour of Code

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

New York’s Students Likely to Have Multiple Pathways to Graduation, Including a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Option

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

South Colonie Part of Consortium That Wins $348,311 Leadership Grant

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

South Colonie Residents Overwhelmingly Approve $13.8 Million Capital Project

South Colonie residents went to the polls on Tuesday, October 21, and 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

South Colonie Well Represented at Northeastern Region PTA Dinner

A large group from South Colonie attended the 36th Annual Northeastern Region PTA Presidents and Principals dinner on October 20 at Michael's in Latham. full story

South Colonie Ranks No. 11 Among 83 Albany Area School Districts

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. In total, 83 districts from throughout Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington counties were included in the rankings. full story

Four Recognized at Board of Education Tenure Reception

The South Colonie Board of Education held a reception on September 16 for four district employees who have been granted tenure this year. full story

Capital Project Vote Set For Oct. 21, Public Information Meeting Sept. 15

Residents will go to the polls on Tuesday, Oct. 21 to vote on a proposed $13.8 million capital project to upgrade district facilities and technology without adding to school property taxes. A public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 15 at Forest Park Elementary School. capital project Q & A flier (pdf) and Capital Project 4-page newsletter (pdf)

Leadership Changes to Greet Students at Start of New School Year

Some South Colonie students will be returning to school tomorrow and greeted with a new face as the district ushers in some changes and shifts in building administrative leadership for the 2014-15 school year. Many of the changes took place over the summer months and are as follows. full story

District Introduces New Meal Charging Policy For 2014-15 School Year

South Colonie Schools has adopted a new policy regarding the charging of meals in our school cafeterias. Meal charge limits are as follows. full story

NYS Releases 50 Percent of Questions For 2014 Grade 3-8 Assessments

The NYS Education Department has released approximately 50 percent of the questions used on the 2014 Grades 3 - 8 assessments. The released questions will help students, families, educators, and the public understand the breadth and depth with which the state tests measure college and career readiness. more information (pdf)

Board of Education Adopts 2014-15 School Tax Rates

The South Colonie Board of Education adopted new district property tax rates for the 2014-15 school year at its meeting Tuesday night. The new rates are $27.00 per $1,000 assessed value for South Colonie home and business owners, $20.55 per $1,000 for Guilderland, and $17.13 per $1,000 for Niskayuna.

South Colonie Earns Grant Approval For Solar Project

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has approved funding for a South Colonie solar project proposed by the district last October. It is now awaiting approval from the NYS Education Department to proceed. view TU story or view Original story

South Colonie Wins State Assessment Grant

The South Colonie Central School District is part of a consortium of 12 school districts led by Capital Region BOCES that has won $399,946 to review and improve student assessment practices. full story

South Colonie Captures Two National Communications Awards

The South Colonie Central School District has captured two awards for Communications Excellence in the 2014 Publications and Electronic Media Contest sponsored by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). The district earned national awards for its new District Brochure (pdf) and this District website for overall news content, functionality and display. There were 725 entries overall in this year's contest.

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

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