Marie wiles

More than half of the 27 applicants for focus groups to discuss building capacity were from Altamont; the school district is seeking diverse representatives from across the community and so has pushed back the date.

The superintendent offered an apology and called for a spirit of trust and cooperation as Altamont villagers continue to advocate for their school in the face of a proposed closing.

As GCSD looks to save money by reorganizing and possibly closing an elementary school, residents must make their views known while also listening to others.

The bookends of educational careers were celebrated on May 27 as new teachers were honored for achieving tenure and retirees were lauded for shaping future generations.

Only about 12 percent of Guilderland voters turned out for Tuesday's elections, which saw easy passage of the school district's $92 million budget and the library's $3.5 million budget as well as a $1 million school bus proposition.

School board elections are uncontested for the second year in a row, leading one member to suggest a recruitment forum for next year and another to recommend a student member.

For two hours, school board members wrestled with ways to heed calls to restore cut staff for valued programs but ultimately followed the counsel of administrators not to further tap reserve funds.

GUILDERLAND — The day after the state settled on its final budget, with a much-ballyhooed $1.1 billion increase in aid to education, the school board here faced a hard reality: Not much had changed.

Britton Schnurr, the psychologist at Lynnwood Elementary School, being honored with a Champions of Character award, has discovered that the kids most at risk are those who bully.

The architect hired by the Guilderland School District to design $18 million in upgrades to the district's seven buildings says the work is necessary to prevent being caught in "an emergency situation."

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