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August 25, 2013

Plattsburgh City School kicks off building study

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‘WILL BE TRANSPARENT’

The primary duties of the consultants, Silky said, are to conduct the study in a fair manner, supply an unbiased perspective and produce notes covering each committee meeting, as well as the final study report.

“We don’t really have any stake in the outcome other than we want to do a good job,” he said.

In addition, Silky noted, the consultants will ensure there is transparency with the public throughout the process.

“This study is going to be done completely openly,” he said.

The firm’s final recommendations, Silky added, will present a plan for building use for the next five or more years and be educationally sound, fiscally responsible, realistic and sensitive to the cultural context of the City School District.

“Foremost is anything we come up with ought to benefit student learning,” he said.

While the consultants would like to hear from special-interest groups, Silky noted, they will act independently of them.

PROJECTED ENROLLMENT

Also during the meeting, he and Martin presented their preliminary future-enrollment projections for the City School, which they calculated on the district’s live birth rate.

The data, subject to change depending on actual 2013-14 enrollment figures, indicates the district’s total kindergarten-through-12th-grade enrollment is projected to grow from 1,808 students in 2013-14 to 1,900 in 2018-19.

The consultants noted that they would also take into consideration how local industry and housing might impact future enrollment numbers.

“We’re going to do our best to get a handle on any residential development, as well as commercial development,” Silky said.

The consultants also presented floor plans of Bailey Avenue, Oak Street and Momot elementary schools and breakdowns of how spaces within those facilities are being used.

Silky said the study-process, enrollment and space-utilization information presented at the meeting will be made available on the district’s website, plattscsd.org. As of Friday, it was not yet there.

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