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Posted on February 5 at 6:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Officials haven't cut administration. They haven't filled positions that became vacant upon retirement. Our children at Hillside and Van Antwerp have large class sizes with no teaching assistants. We have gym classes with 50 kids. The budget has been balanced on the students. We need to loose a few administrators and existing ones need serious pay cuts.


From: Niskayuna elementary school to remain open


Posted on January 29 at 8:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Four the past 4 years other elementary schools in the district have seen increased class sizes, lost classroom teachers. Lost teaching assistants, and lost programs. While I believe administration can be reduced more than it has been, it is doubtful that the district will do this. Closing Birchwood and redistributing, which affects all of us is the best option at this time. The location of Birchwood makes it attractive as a potential space to rent to a non public school or to an early intervention program. It is near Rt. 7, 155 and the Northway as well as Colonie.


From: Parents urge Niskayuna board not to close school


Posted on September 15 at 9:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

One option that we have tried to get our district to embrace would be the district purchasing in bulk. Parents in our district who have talked about this are willing to pay for the supplies. We believe if the district purchased 500 boxes of crayons, 1,000 one inch binders, and 5,000 pencils they would get them at a lower price point than individual families can purchase them at. Of course we have told this can't be done.


From: Nickel-and-diming parents for school supplies


Posted on December 11 at 3:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree with Don. The cuts need to come from the top. We have large classes, fewer teachers aids to assist students in need, and have eliminated programs. The next step is to cut administrators and reduce benefits.


From: Niskayuna crowd begs: Don't close school


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