Board member Nathan Sabourin reported to the others that the policy committee is “going to make some revisions to the dress code in light of some of the requests from students and others regarding sports attire.” Members of the girls’ track team in the spring had said they wanted to be able to wear sports bras.

The state will conduct outreach to the State Education Department and BOCES to survey needs for test kits and masks. After the requests have been submitted, the state will deliver the requested tests and N-95 and KN-95 masks to each BOCES for distribution to school districts.

Guilderland residents will pay $18.62 per $1,000 of assessed value in school taxes this year, which is a 2.3-percent increase over the previous year. When voters went to the polls to pass the $120 million school budget last May, the district had predicted a 2.66-percent increase. Property owners in the other three towns partially covered by the Guilderland school district will have a higher-than-predicted rate.

The Voorheesville School Board approved the rates at a special Aug. 18 meeting. 

Children attending daycare and pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in New York state must receive all required doses of vaccines to attend or remain in school.

The founder of The Caring Closet, Amanda Beedle, and a member of its board of directors, Shannon Clegg, spoke to the school board about the importance of the charitable endeavor that provides free hygiene products to students who need them.

With its new $16.7 million assessment, the Northeastern Industrial Park will pay about $310,000 in Voorheesville Central School District taxes each year, down from $522,000 in annual tax payments. 

“We did have a little bit of a dip in proficiency level from pre-pandemic,” said Rachel Anderson of Guilderland students’ test scores. This was typical across the state and nation.

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo board members have overseen a period of the district’s history that, between overfunding from the state and the COVID-19 pandemic and its fallout, has been as auspicious as it has been challenging. 

Superintendent Timothy Mundell told The Enterprise this week that the skills the district learned from the National Dropout Prevention Center’s trauma-skills institute will help give Berne-Knox-Westerlo students structure, organization, and resilience as they balance personal hardships with their potential for achievement. 


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