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District to conduct building study

March 30, 2013

Faced with declining enrollment, decreasing state aid and rising operating costs, the South Glens Falls Central School District is at a critical crossroads.

As state money for education decreases and the district feels the impact of the property tax levy cap, the district has had to reduce spending. The district has been forced to eliminate positions, reduce program offerings and limit opportunities for its students.

“South Glens Falls, like districts around the state, has faced mounting pressure to curb costs,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton. “As more programs and services are eliminated, this will continue to have an adverse effect on our students. We must look beyond the classrooms to save money and maximize our resources to ensure we are providing a high-quality education.”

Beginning this spring, the South Glens Falls Central School District will conduct a building study to analyze the use of its four elementary schools.

The goal of the study is to determine whether the elementary schools are operating as efficiently as possible, with respect to each building’s capacity, space utilization and enrollment trends. The study’s findings will be used by the Board of Education and administration to identify various elementary building configuration options that would save the district money.

“While we are unsure what the results of the elementary building study will show, we are certain it will be a tool to help guide future conversations,” Patton said.

“Considering the current economic climate, it would be irresponsible for us not to look at ways to be more efficient,” said Board of Education President William Elder. “We hope this study helps us identify ways to stretch each taxpayer dollar further by implementing greater efficiency.”

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