Re­zon­ing plan for el­e­men­tary schools up­dated

The Record (Troy, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Record staff

EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. >> East Greenbush Su­per­in­ten­dent Jeff Si­mons pro­vided an up­date to the pro­posed re­zon­ing plan for Bell Top, Genet and Red Mill El­e­men­tary Schools at Wed­nes­day evening’s Board of Ed­u­ca­tion meet­ing in the Genet Au­di­to­rium.

The up­dates to the pro­posal fol­lowed two com­mu­nity meet­ings that the dis­trict hosted ear­lier this week for staff, par­ents, and res­i­dents that ini­ti­ated more dis­cus­sion on the is­sue. The dis­trict is host­ing a third com­mu­nity meet­ing at 6:30 p.m. on Mon­day, Jan. 14 in the Genet Con­fer­ence Room.

The up­dates in­clude: 1) CTAEP will move from the base­ment of Bell Top El­e­men­tary School to Genet Ele-

men­tary School for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

• The dis­trict com­pleted a space re­view of class­rooms on the sec­ond floor of Genet on Wed­nes­day morn­ing in­clud­ing Si­mons, As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Lawrence Ed­son, Pupil Per­son­nel Ser­vices Di­rec­tor He­len Squil­lace, Bell Top Prin­ci­pal Martin Ma­har, Genet Prin­ci­pal Ana Yeo­mans, in­com­ing Genet Prin­ci­pal Wayne Grignon, and the school dis­trict’s ar­chi­tect Steve Wy­ck­man.

• The space at Genet was deemed ap­pro­pri­ate for the CTAEP pro­gram and equiv­a­lent to what is cur­rently pro­vided at Bell Top. Three class­rooms will be uti­lized, the same num­ber cur­rently in use at Bell Top. Re­strooms for the sole use of the high school stu­dents are ad­e­quate and ac­ces­si­ble for now. Fur­ther im­prove­ments to the re­strooms are sched­uled to be com­pleted within the planned cap­i­tal project in the sum­mer of 2020.

• Genet would con­tinue to have space to main­tain one Mak­erS­pace room for their stu­dents.

2) Im­ple­ment all pro­posed at­ten­dance zone changes for the 2019-20 school year with the ex­cep­tion of the Dutch Acres North neigh­bor­hood.

• Even with mov­ing the CTAEP pro­gram, Si­mons is rec­om­mend­ing bound­ary changes to al­le­vi­ate en­roll­ment growth in the Bell Top zone.

• Dutch Acres North, which in­cludes Brinker Drive North, Van Dyke Drive North, Van Leu­ven Drive North, Hol­land Drive, and Moun­tain­view Ter­race, would re­main in the Bell Top zone. From a dis­cus­sion at the com­mu­nity meet­ings, Route 43 is a nat­u­ral bound­ary which makes Dutch Acres North a sep­a­rate neigh­bor­hood from Dutch Acres South.

• The pro­posed re­zon­ing would not af­fect cur­rent stu­dents at any of the three schools, nor would it af­fect any in­com­ing kin­der­garten stu­dents in 2019-20 who have older sib­lings in one of the schools.

3) Com­mis­sion the Bud­get Re­view and Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee with ad­di­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion from our re­spec­tive towns and par­ents to com­plete an ex­panded en­roll­ment study which would in­clude a com­plete anal­y­sis of at­ten­dance zones.

4) Sched­ule the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion vote on the pro­posed re­zon­ing plan (with these up­dates) af­ter Kin­der­garten Reg­is­tra­tion.

• This will give the dis­trict an op­por­tu­nity to con­firm en­roll­ment pro­jec­tions and have pre­lim­i­nary in­for­ma­tion on class sizes and grade level sec­tions for all schools.

• Kin­der­garten Reg­is­tra­tion for these three schools are as fol­lows:

• Bell Top – Wed­nes­day, Feb. 6 (9:30-11:00 a.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m.)

• Genet – Tues­day, Feb. 12 (9:30-11:00 a.m. and 6:008:00 p.m.)

• Red Mill – Thurs­day, Feb. 7 and Mon­day, Feb. 11 (9:30-11:00 a.m. for both dates)

PHOTO PRO­VIDED

Su­per­in­ten­dent Jeff Si­mons ad­dresses par­ents, staff and com­mu­nity mem­bers in the Bell Top gym­na­sium re­gard­ing the pro­posed bound­ary changes.

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