Guilderland Central School District

GUILDERLAND — Three incumbents and two challengers are running for three seats on Guilderland’s board of education.

The incumbents are Christopher McManus, currently in his first term and the board’s vice president; Judy Slack, who has served for nine years; and Allan Simpson, who has served for seven.

Guilderland native Justin Veldhuis, who loves soccer and Spanish, has a job that combines both.

The $35,000 to repair Guilderland’s 1800s cobblestone schoolhouse that was originally included in the superintendent’s draft budget has brought heated discussion.

Guilderland school district officials asked students to tell them why so many of them said that safe school buildings were a top priority. Do students not feel safe, officials wanted to know, and, if they don’t, what are they afraid of? They organized a focus group to hear their thoughts, but just one student came.

In Guilderland, three seats on the school board and two seats on the library board will soon open. Five town residents have picked up informational packets about running for the library board. The election for both boards will be held May 16.

Sometimes yesterday’s snow is enough to close school down, again.

Guilderland’s draft school budget for next year, projected at $98 million, will add teachers and restore some programs that were cut in recent years.

For third-graders at Lynnwood Elementary School in Guilderland, a Living Wax Museum held last Friday capped weeks of reading biographies.

 For the first time, members of the Guilderland School Board raised complaints themselves and voted against a proposed textbook.

Over 1,000 people filled out an online survey about budget priorities for the Guilderland school district, but less than 20 turned out for a forum to discuss the results.

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