Gloversville begins school makeover

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Enlarged School District is beginning its first steps toward implementing its planned reconfiguration of the elementary school buildings.

Superintendent Michael Vanyo said during Monday’s Board of Education meeting that the district has started the process of adopting a hybrid model for elementary students for the 2017-18 school year.

The board will move forward with a hybrid model that combines the ideas of neighborhood schools and grade-level grouping.

The hybrid model would see students in pre-k through grade 2 going to primary school at either Kingsborough Elementary or Park Terrace Elementary. Children who would have gone to McNab-Meco will go to Kingsborough for those grades. Children in those grades at Boulevard would join pre-k to second-graders at Park Terrace.

Pupils in grades 3 to 5 would all go to Boulevard Elementary, which is the largest of the elementary schools.

McNab Elementary School would see the Whispering Pines and Headstart preschools moving there along with several special-needs classes of the Hamilton-Fulton-Mont- gomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services that are currently renting space in Boulevard Elementary.

The Meco Elementary building, which is the smallest of the buildings, will be closed. No plans for the building have been announced yet.

Vanyo said a letter has been sent home to parents of students who will be in elementary school during the 2017-18 school year.

The district is planning to hold a parent information night in April that will go over the changes. The elementary principals will be present during that meeting.

Vanyo said the district is currently in the process of preparing to send paperwork to the state Education Department about the closing and reconfiguration of the district’s elementary buildings.

Vanyo said the district is also in contact with the Greater Johnstown School District and the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School district

“They have both been very helpful in trying to give us some help on the paperwork and guidance,” Vanyo said.

Also during the meeting, the district accepted the resignation, with regret, of Vanyo effective June 30.

Vanyo will be leaving to take over as superintendent of the Ichabod Crane Central School District.

During the March 7 board of education meeting, Vanyo was appointed as the next superintendent at Ichabod Crane. He will start with that district on July 1.

According to the district, throughout his time in Gloversville he focused on several initiatives to improve the district’s graduation rate including the start of full-day pre-kindergarten, providing free AP exams and college courses at the high school, offering high school credit opportunities at the middle school, enhancing fine arts programs and providing support and resources for extra-curricular activities and interscholastic athletics. During the last five years, the district has also seen a reduction in suspensions and absences.

Kerry Minor can be reached at [email protected]

By Chad Fleck

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