Members of the Broadalbin-Perth school community, including students, parents, faculty, staff and community members, are participating in a series of committee meetings designed to gather information about what these groups would like to see included in the district’s next capital project. District leaders anticipate putting a capital project proposal before voters in a referendum on the same day as the annual school budget vote, Tuesday, May 17, 2016.
“It’s important that we cast a wide net, to gather as many ideas as possible to inform the final capital project,” Superintendent of Schools Stephen Tomlinson said. “Everyone who is part of our school community should have a vested interest in this project, which I hope will be transformative in its effects on our academic program and how we teach and learn.”
Tomlinson has been meeting with members of the faculty and staff in various internal facilities subcommittees for the past few weeks. Those meetings are scheduled to conclude Dec. 10. During those meetings, faculty and staff have the opportunity to discuss facilities needs and wants specific to their areas of expertise. For instance, because of the nature of the subject they teach, secondary science teachers have particular needs that differ from those of teachers of other subjects.
“The capital project will help our school district better meet the needs of 21st century learners,” said middle school computers teacher David Samek. “The current configuration of our schools and classrooms does not adequately allow students to acquire the 21st century skills of problem solving, creativity, analytical thinking, collaboration, communication, ethics and accountability. The focus of planning for this capital project is on students’ needs – to better prepare them for the world we live in today and to help them excel in tomorrow’s world.”
Tomlinson and High School Principal Mark Brooks are scheduled to meet with members of the high school student council and Brooks’ student cabinet before the holiday break to solicit their feedback about what Broadalbin-Perth should include in the capital project, not only at the high school but throughout the district.
Tomlinson will present a summary of what was discussed at each of these meetings during a public forum at 6:15 p.m., Monday, Dec. 14, in the high school Virtual AP room. Residents will also have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback during the forum.
Then on Dec. 17, representatives from the internal facilities subcommittees will come together with student, parent and community representatives to form a community advisory committee. This group will consider all of the needs and wants identified by subcommittees in the context of what the larger B-P community will be likely to support. The community advisory committee will forward their project recommendations to the building advisory committee.
Members of the building advisory committee will be responsible for reviewing recommendations from the community advisory committee in the context of financial and regulatory information, as well as feasibility. The building advisory committee will recommend the final scope and scale of the capital project to the Board of Education for approval. Members of the building advisory committee include Tomlinson, School Business Administrator Marco Zumbolo, architects Randy Collins and Bryan Manning from CSArch, B-P Director of Operations and Safety Mike Carney, and Communications Specialist Michele Kelley, along with other members of the district leadership team as needed.
Residents interested in learning more about the capital project planning process or who have ideas related to the district’s buildings and grounds are encouraged to attend the public forum at 6:15 p.m., Monday, Dec. 14, in the high school Virtual AP room.