Marie wiles

GUILDERLAND — The school district is planning what it calls a summit conference for Nov. 19 in hopes of hatching a solution to its problems of declining enrollment and stagnant funding.

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Ann-Marie McManus, who describes herself as "an educator through and through," left behind the classroom she loved to become an assistant principal at Guilderland High School.

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The school board has set aside, for now, school-closure recommendations from a consultant's building capacity report following months of protests from those who want to keep Altamont Elementary School open.

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.

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