Marie wiles

A quick-thinking student helped when his school bus driver fell ill and the bus meandered off the road.

“I’m happy to have other people face the difficult decisions we face,” said school board member Christopher McManus of the unpleasant choices that must be faced to close budget gaps.

The Guilderland school district has not before tried adopting a budget that would raise the tax levy over the state-set limit.

Inclusion won’t be costly next year as the school district takes "baby steps," says Superintendent Marie Wiles.

Excess space can be a matter of definition, the school board learned on Tuesday night.

Suburban schools — for decades a beacon, attracting city dwellers — are now feeling the effects of poverty, too.

"Where there's a will, there's a way," the school board president, Barbara Fraterrigo said, instructing administrators to find someone to teach another sixth-grade Italian class.

"We’re reaching into the metaphorical couch cushions, looking for change,” said the school superintendent of proposed cuts, after years of cutting, in next year's $93 million budget.

Guilderland's super has calculated that the cost for 23 Capital Region districts to meet new state requirements would total over $5 million; 59 teachers would need to be hired and qualified ESL teachers are in short supply.

GUILDERLAND — The school district is planning what it calls a summit conference for Nov. 19 in hopes of hatching a solution to its problems of declining enrollment and stagnant funding.

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