The South Glens Falls Central School District is immersing itself in planning for the future needs of its buildings and facilities.
This fall, the district gathered feedback from all employees about their perceptions of the district’s facilities, and a group of internal stakeholders met to prioritize future needs. The group worked with district architects to create a five-year facilities plan, based on the district’s building condition survey.
“The goal of the planning process is to examine our buildings. Through an in-depth and inclusive process, we hope to develop a plan for renovations that supports student learning and safety,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton.
Nearly 93 percent of those who responded to the exit survey during the school budget vote in May 2014 said they believed it was important or very important that the district invest resources in preserving the infrastructure of SGF schools, increasing energy efficiency and improving building safety and security through a capital project.
Staff provided survey feedback about their building’s classrooms/interior spaces, exterior spaces, and other common
areas (cafeteria, library, office space). They rated the adequate number of classrooms, furnishings, lighting, technology, and safety and security. They also provided feedback on storage, parking, student pickup/drop-off areas, handicap accessibility, playgrounds and athletic spaces. Staff members were also encouraged to provide comments on the various topics for the committees to review. The transportation and district facilities were also reviewed. View the survey results here.
The district is seeking community volunteers to serve on a Community Renovations Input and Review Committee, which will be charged with reviewing the priorities identified by the first group. This committee will help identify the scope of the project for the board of education. Committee meetings are expected to begin in February, and it is anticipated there will be four meetings (one each month through the spring). The committee is expected to include parent representatives from each school, community residents, students, and district representatives that include support staff members, teachers, district administrative staff and members of the board of education. Once the committee provides feedback to the board of education, the board will determine the scope of a potential project and a timeline for a bond referendum vote.
Community members interested in volunteering should call the district office at (518) 793-9617, Ext. 1, by the end of January.