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Grade Configuration Steering Committee Meeting Summary

April 24, 2017: Continuing discussion of facilities

  • The committee opened with a discussion led by Dr. Jim Butterworth on the nature of its work throughout the year, what has been accomplished thus far and what work remains to be done

    • With this information in mind, the committee agreed it best to add an additional meeting on Monday, June 5 to the existing schedule

  • The committee’s focus then returned to the ongoing discussion of facilities, and reached a consensus that three middle schools will not be adequate to equitably address the growing enrollment, and that they will recommend a model involving four middle schools

  • The facilities discussed as the potential options for the third and fourth middle schools included North Albany Academy, Arbor Hill Elementary School and 50 North Lark in the following scenarios:

    • Convert Arbor Hill Elementary School into a middle school and continue to operate the new middle school opening in September at 50 North Lark

      • Arbor Hill Elementary students would attend North Albany Academy

      • Arbor Hill would need to be renovated to accommodate middle-school students and North Albany would need to be expanded to accommodate the Arbor Hill students

    • Convert North Albany Academy into a middle school and continue to operate the new middle school opening in September at 50 North Lark

      • North Albany Academy students would attend Arbor Hill Elementary School

      • Both North Albany and Arbor Hill would require renovations

    • Convert both Arbor Hill Elementary School and North Albany Academy into middle schools and convert the new middle school at 50 North Lark into an elementary school

      • Arbor Hill Elementary and North Albany students would attend 50 North Lark as an elementary building

      • All the schools would require renovations

    • During these discussions, the potential for the Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center at 75 Watervliet Ave. to house the Newcomer Academy was also raised

  • Time allotted for observer comments, including questions about alternative configurations that had been previously explored and decided against during phase one of the committee’s work  

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