On behalf of the Shenendehowa Board of Education, I want to thank those 3,200 residents who turned out to vote in the special election last week dealing with the proposed 37 acre land sale and our $22 million capital referendum. Both proposals were supported by very wide majorities: 84 percent for the land sale and almost 70 percent for the capital projects. The Board of Education does not take such public support for granted and it is in such local elections that the public has the final say.
Passage of the land sale proposal concludes the year-long public debate about the disposition of this surplus property. Moving forward, as a district we are committed to collaborating with the town of Clifton Park’s planners as they develop its park plan. Additionally, we will turn our focus to our stated goal of finding and acquiring property for future growth in the Town of Halfmoon.
Approval of the capital project proposal will allow us to proceed with the upkeep and modernization of our existing facilities -- especially our high school technology wing and our science labs. Additionally, we hope to progress a number of needed infrastructure projects, including improving traffic flow and safety on our main campus, replacing outdated kitchen equipment, and updating our technology platforms.
The board of education considers it an honor to serve our district residents and we want to be diligent in responsively carrying out our duties. While there won’t always be 100 percent agreement on the directions we take, we will continue to seek forums where dialogue and input with the public is encouraged. We are sure that as a starting point we can agree with our district’s mission statement: “To work continuously and in partnership with the community to ensure that all students develop and demonstrate knowledge, skills, abilities and character needed to live useful, productive and rewarding lives.”
Shenendehowa Board of Education president