What do Broadalbin-Perth schools need in order to provide students with an outstanding education that prepares them for college and 21st century careers? That is the question faculty, staff and students have been pondering over the last several weeks as they have been meeting to share and discuss their ideas for the district’s next capital project.
On Monday, Dec. 14, members of the B-P community are invited to hear some of those ideas – and share their own – during a public forum at 6:15 p.m. in the high school Virtual AP room. During the forum, members of the district leadership team will review the work that has already been done and outline the next steps in the process of developing the 2016 capital project.
“This capital project is, at its core, being driven by the needs of our academic programs,” said Superintendent of Schools Stephen Tomlinson. “Last year, members of our 2028 Task Force helped us define a B-P education that would best prepare our children for their future. In order to achieve that vision, we need to make some changes to our schools.”
Chief among those changes is reorganizing the schools to create an elementary school at the Perth campus and a secondary school at the Broadalbin campus. Tomlinson said that, by doing so, the district will be able to more efficiently and effectively deliver its academic program over the long term, and even expand offerings using existing staff and resources.
In addition to ideas for strengthening Broadalbin-Perth’s academic program, the capital project will also address a number of significant infrastructure needs to keep the district’s buildings and grounds in good working condition, including safety, water, heating and cooling systems, as well as roofing, parking and traffic flow at both sites.
“There are a number of structures and mechanisms that we’ve patched and limped along with for several years that we just can’t patch anymore,” Tomlinson said. “The reality is, we can pay to address these infrastructure needs now with significant state aid reimbursement, or we can wait until one or more of these systems fail, at which point our taxpayers would have to foot 100 percent of the bill.”
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.