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Group offers three options for closing a Niskayuna school

Closing Van Antwerp Middle School is among the options being considered by the Niskayuna Central School District Board of Education.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Closing Van Antwerp Middle School is among the options being considered by the Niskayuna Central School District Board of Education.
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The Niskayuna Central School District committee charged with investigating future building and grade-level configurations presented its final three recommendations to the school board Tuesday. Each option would require redistricting of some kind or redrawing school boundaries. The first option — to consolidate five elementary schools into four and leave the district’s two middle schools as they are — would be the easiest to implement and wouldn’t require any program changes. With one fewer building in ...

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JJF
December 4, 2013
4:08 p.m.

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"The board made no decisions Tuesday"! With savings options ranging from $415,000 to $568,000, minus the +/- $17,000 for the consultant, so management could have someone to "take the fall", my vote on the budget in May is decided.

jjhehir
December 7, 2013
2:27 p.m.

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In the past five years, employee benefits (pensions and health insurance) in the Niskayuna School District have increased 43 percent, from approximately $12.9 million to $18.4 million. That is a $1.1 million increase each year. A $415,000 or $568,000 savings is not going solve a very serious fiscal problem created by the Legislature. Hopefully, citizens will realize this and write their legislators to pay for the very generous pensions they have created, which account for the bulk of the increase in employee benefits.

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