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Welcome to the South Colonie District Office


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Approximately 4,800 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.


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 District 2014-2015 News Stories archives

South Colonie District 2013-2014 News Stories archives

South Colonie District 2012-2013 News Stories archives

South Colonie District 2011-2012 News Stories archives

South Colonie District 2010-2011 News Stories archives

South Colonie District 2009-2010 News Stories archives



Fisher Earns 2016 NYSASBO Award For Service

Congratulations to South Colonie administrator Sherri Fisher, who was presented with the 2016 George A. Perry Volunteer Service Award at the New York State School Association of School Business Officials Conference. full story

South Colonie Names New School Lunch Director

South Colonie Schools welcomes Annette Chamberlain as the district’s new School Lunch Director. She will replace Renee Hanks, who is retiring at the end of the school year after serving 15 years (since 2001) overseeing South Colonie’s breakfast, lunch and school nutrition programs. full story

2016-17 South Colonie PTA Council Officers Honored

The South Colonie District PTA Council, which encompasses all District PTAs, honored longtime PTA volunteers and elected officers for the 2016-17 school year. full story

Continuing Ed Instructor Earns Lifetime Achievement Award for Fitness

Congratulations to Diane Hart who received a Lifetime Achievement Award this spring from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. full story

South Colonie Teacher Volunteer at Habitat For Humanities

A group of South Colonie teacher (and a few students) from Colonie Central High School, Sand Creek Middle School, and Veeder Elementary School volunteered in May to work on a Habitat for Humanity project in Albany. view a photo gallery

Colonie Mayor Leak Honored as Friend of Education

Village of Colonie Mayor Frank Leak was honored on April 20th by receiving the 2016 Friends of Education Award at the CASDA Capital Region awards dinner. full story

South Colonie Earns National Music Honors for Fourth Straight Year

For the fourth consecutive year, South Colonie has been named a Best Community for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants. full story

South Colonie Parent to Receive IMPACT Award For Motivating Volunteers

A South Colonie parent will be honored this spring with a 2016 IMPACT Award for her work in teaching children the importance of volunteering in the community and spreading kindness to one another. full story

NYSED Announces Grade 3-8 ELA & Math Testing Changes

The New York State Education Department has made a number of changes to the Grades 3-8 ELA and Mathematics assessments for the spring of 2016 administration. full story

South Colonie Bus Driver Honored For Student Safety Work

Congratulations to South Colonie bus driver Suzanne Tizzone, who was honored by the Albany County Traffic Safety Awareness Committee in December with an Award of Excellence. full story

State Now Requires Meningitis Vaccination in grades 7, 12

Beginning Sept. 1, 2016, students entering seventh and 12th grades must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease in order to attend school in New York State. full story

Law Now Requires Schools to Teach CPR

A new state mandate requires all high schools in New York to provide instruction of hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and training in the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to students as part of the health education curriculum. full story

South Colonie Joins Cooperative Bidding Program to Save Money

South Colonie Schools has joined the New York/Island Cooperative Bidding Program in an effort to save money on items it purchases. The Board of Education approved the measure at its meeting in August. full story

Special Ed Summer Students Make Recycled Paintings and Mixed Media Name Banners

Students in the South Colonie Special Education Summer Program made Recycled Paintings and Mixed Media Name Banners. view a photo gallery

Special Ed Summer Students Make Fury Animal Cards, Cutpaper Collages, Be-Jeweled Jewelry Boxes

Students in the South Colonie Special Education Summer Program made Fury Animal Cards, Cutpaper Collages, and Be-Jeweled Jewelry Boxes. view a photo gallery

Special Ed Summer Students Make Wet Felting, Memo Boards and Silly Animals

Students in the South Colonie Special Education Summer Program made Wet Felting, Memo Boards and Silly Animals. view a photo gallery

Special Ed Summer Students Make Bunny Pots, Table Runners, Wreaths, More

Students in the South Colonie Special Education Summer Program made Bunny Pots, Table Runners, Grapevine Wreaths and more. view a photo gallery

Special Ed Summer Students Make Penny Rugs and Hobby Horses

Students in the South Colonie Special Education Summer Program made Penny Rugs and Hobby Horses. view a photo gallery

Summer School Special Ed/Union College Collaboration

CCHS Physics teacher Michele Famosa taught a special class over the summer at Union College called the EDGE program. Famosa worked with 14 female high school students from across the country, who are thinking about a career in Engineering. As part of their experience, the group observed special needs students in the South Colonie Special Education classes taught by Cheryl Nunamacher, Karen Brockley, Karen Fleshman, and art teacher Thomasa Nielsen. view a photo gallery

New Regulations for English Language Learners (ELLs) Now in Effect

School districts across New York are now required to meet new regulations related to students who are English Language Learners (ELLs). The changes went into effect for the 2015-16 school year. full story

Smart School Bond Act Information

View the latest information on New York State's Smart Schools Bond Act with this Q & A flier. New York’s Smart Schools Bond Act was approved by voters in November 2014. The $2 billion bond act is intended to provide school districts with funding for new educational technology and infrastructure improvements to enhance learning opportunities for all students across the state. view flier (pdf)

District Sets 2015-16 Tax Rates

The district has set the new tax rates for the 2015-16 school year. They are as follows: Town of Colonie - $27.13 per $1,000 assessed value; Guilderland - $20.89 per $1,000; Niskayuna - $17.20 per $1,000.

Solar Energy Grant Installation Moves Forward in District

South Colonie is moving toward having the largest operating solar energy system of any public school district in New York State. While the process has involved significant planning and anticipated adjustments over the last year, progress has been made installing solar panels at the district bus garage and high school athletic fields. full story

Special Ed Students Make Grapevine Wreaths/Dusters/Bubblewrap Prints at Summer School

K-12 students participating in the 2015 South Colonie Summer School Special Education program at Forest Park Elementary School under instructor Thomasa Nielsen worked on grapevine wreaths, dusters and bubblewrap prints. view wreath photos or duster photos and bubblewrap prints

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