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, Albany, NY 12205 unless otherwise noted below. The District Office phone number is (518) 869-3576. For more information on each department click on the links below.
The district Athletics Department is located at Colonie Central High School, 1 Raider Boulevard, Albany, NY 12205. (518) 459-1220. 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.
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. Its 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, and public use of buildings and grounds.
Gordon Webster, Senior Director of Facilities
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.
The Communications Office of the South Colonie Central School District is managed by Public Information Specialists Kara Granato and Lauren Pfaffenbach with communication support provided by the Capital Region BOCES Communications Service.
Annually, the Communication Office produces publications including the community newsletter, annual district calendar, budget newsletter, Continuing Education coursebook, brochures, curriculum guides and more.
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.
Kara Granato, Communication Specialist
Lauren Pfaffenbach, Communications Specialist
518-869-3576, Ext. 0436
Continuing Education Department
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.
District Administrative Offices
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 Clerk is also the Clerk of the Board of Education and oversees board agendas, minutes and policies as well as voting on the district budget, special propositions, capital projects and school board elections. The District Clerk is Amber Lanigan at(518) 869-3576
Employment opportunities are administered by the Department of Human Resources (see below).
While the district’s school buildings and grounds are maintained primarily for the purpose of educating students within the district, the Board of Education recognizes that the buildings and grounds are a valuable community resource and believes that this resource should be available to the community for specific uses that will not interfere with educational activities.
The District uses MasterLibrary, the online facility request system, for all facility requests. With this system, reservation requests can are submitted easily and will be handled more efficiently. Renters are able to access photos and descriptions, see real-time availability, get estimated quotes and pay and submit insurance online.
A fee schedule for use of district facilities is approved by the South Colonie Board of Education annually.
Although the process of requesting/approval/management of facility use is now digital, what’s implemented on MaterLibrary, remains the same as dictated by the South Colonie Central School District board policies on facility use. The district’s administrative staff makes final decisions on all facility use requests.
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.
Health and Wellness
The District Health Offices are located at each school building within the District. 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.
Human Resources Department
The Department of Human Resources supports the South Colonie administrative staff in the recruitment, selection and hiring of the District’s 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.
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.
The South Colonie Central School District is committed to the mental health and wellness of all students, faculty, and staff members.
Student Support Services
The district Student Support Department is located at Lisha Kill Middle School, 68 Waterman Avenue, Albany, NY 12205. (518) 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 inventorying of all office supplies, overseeing maintenance contracts, district printing, etc.
Special Education Department
The district Special Education Department is located at Lisha Kill Middle School, 68 Waterman Avenue, (518) 869-6759.
The Student Registration office is responsible for registering new students while overseeing possible residency fraud.
The district Transportation Department is located at the District Bus Garage, 2 Winston Place, Albany NY 12205. (518) 869-8527.
The South Colonie Transportation Department runs an average of 80 buses each day – traveling about 15,000 miles a year. Approximately 5,000 public school students and a variety of private and parochial students ride South Colonie buses daily.