James Gaughan

At last week’s Guilderland Board of Education meeting, seven of the nine board members voted to direct Superintendent Marie Wiles to refocus the discussion about a consultant’s report and set aside its recommendations to close schools.  I applaud the seven members’ decision.

Last week, the Guilderland School District added future meetings to discuss a consultant’s report released last month that provided options to save the district money.  Five of the six options proposed closing elementary schools, and four of the five proposed closing Altamont Elementary School.

The Guilderland School District website (www.guilderlandschools.org) has posted a schedule of additional meetings on the district's building capacity study and delayed the Sept, 20 focus-group discussions until Nov. 1.

A group of concerned citizens from all walks of life within the Guilderland School District came together to help inform the Guilderland community of the value of keeping Altamont Elementary School open, to learn about the district plan to consider closing other schools, and to encourage the school district to think of alternative ways

The Guilderland School District is lucky that it is not faced with crumbling buildings and calls for educational performance improvement.  The district has performed well academically.

In 1976, the Guilderland School Board of Education considered the possibility of closing the Altamont Elementary School due to declining enrollment and to avoid an increase in the school tax rate.

There will be many activities to celebrate this summer in the village of Altamont.  I thought it would be helpful if I gave you a brief synopsis of the many scheduled events.  Enjoy the coming months.  They should present a great summer for culture, music, and entertainment!

Spring is upon us.  Although summer is just around the corner, this is the time to relish the beautiful rebirth of a new season.

At its April 1 meeting, the Altamont Board of Trustees approved the 2014-15 village budget.  The budget does not increase village taxes, following a pattern of the last several years, so property tax rate is well within the tax cap enacted by state government.

ALTAMONT — The new exhibition, “Ingenious Minds: Early Altamont Inventors,” will open in the Hallway Gallery on Sunday, Feb. 16, with a reception running from 3 to 5 p.m.   All are welcome to the opening’s catered reception in the village courtroom. 

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