Marie wiles

"We don’t want to add things back for next year, and then have to make cuts,” cautioned Guilderland Superintendent Marie Wiles.
 

Two years after a consultant recommended school closure to deal with declining enrollment and excess space, the district is on the verge of filling empty classrooms with a pre-kindergarten program.

Marie Wiles proposed a spending plan for next year for Guilderland schools that stays under the near-zero levy limit set by the state and does not cut any programs or staff.

A quick-thinking student helped when his school bus driver fell ill and the bus meandered off the road.

“I’m happy to have other people face the difficult decisions we face,” said school board member Christopher McManus of the unpleasant choices that must be faced to close budget gaps.

The Guilderland school district has not before tried adopting a budget that would raise the tax levy over the state-set limit.

Inclusion won’t be costly next year as the school district takes "baby steps," says Superintendent Marie Wiles.

Excess space can be a matter of definition, the school board learned on Tuesday night.

Suburban schools — for decades a beacon, attracting city dwellers — are now feeling the effects of poverty, too.

"Where there's a will, there's a way," the school board president, Barbara Fraterrigo said, instructing administrators to find someone to teach another sixth-grade Italian class.

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