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.
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 – a service provided through the Capital Region BOCES Communications Service – is the news and information source for the district website, liaison with the local media and producer of a variety of awarding-winning district publications. These publications include the InFocus community newsletter, annual district calendar and budget newsletter, the Parent Today online story portal, Continuing Education coursebook, 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.
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 Flanders. (518) 869-3576
Employment opportunities are administered by the Department of Human Resources (see below).
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.
Pupil Support Services
The district Pupil Services 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 district Textbooks Service is responsible for ordering, invoicing and distributing of all textbooks for both district school students (about 5,000) 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 and on the website’s Google calendar during those periods. Textbook request forms can be found on the Forms page of the website.
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.