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In the last few months, East Greenbush Central School District has developed a proposed rezoning plan that would affect the Bell Top, Citizen Genet and Red Mill attendance zones to address enrollment concerns in the Bell Top zone. The proposed changes would enable the district to maintain its class size goals, alleviate space concerns at Bell Top, maintain efficiencies of staffing levels and transportation services and provide continuity of instruction to all students.

It is important to note, the proposed changes do not affect students who currently attend these schools or incoming students who will have siblings in these schools during the 2019-20 school year.

The district hosted three community meetings in January to provide more information about the proposal and to solicit feedback from parents, staff and community members. During that time, Superintendent Jeff Simons decided to hold any final decisions until Kindergarten Registration was completed in February so the district would have a better understanding of kindergarten enrollment for the 2019-20 school year.

While these numbers are not final because new students are added up until the first day of school in September, and there are students in the census who have not yet registered, the current incoming kindergarten enrollment for each of the three schools is listed below:

SchoolWith Current Enrollment ZonesWith Proposed Rezoning Plan
Bell Top5545
Citizen Genet5250
Red Mill4759
Total154154

Based on the current enrollment, projected enrollment and Kindergarten Registration, the district needs to address overcrowding at Bell Top, which has the smallest building footprint.

Mr. Simons is planning to submit the following proposal to the Board of Education at its next public meeting, which is Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in the Citizen Genet Elementary School auditorium. It would need Board of Education approval to be enacted.

1) Move CTAEP from the basement of Bell Top Elementary School to Citizen Genet Elementary School for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

  • The district completed a space review of classrooms on the second floor of Genet and deemed it appropriate for the CTAEP program and equivalent to what is currently provided at Bell Top. Three classrooms will be utilized, the same number currently in use at Bell Top. Restrooms for the sole use of the high school students are adequate and accessible for now. Further improvements to the restrooms are scheduled to be completed within the planned capital project in the summer of 2020.
  • Genet would continue to have space to maintain one MakerSpace room for their students.
  • Moving CTAEP would make three classroom spaces available in the basement of Bell Top, which could be used for additional sections or space for small group work.

2) Implement the following proposed attendance zone changes for the 2019-20 school year.

  • New students on the following streets would be enrolled at Red Mill: Woodlawn Avenue, Plaza Avenue, Sandra Lane, Justine Court, Rockefeller Boulevard, Capital Place, Patroon Lane, Rosebud Court, 3rd Avenue Extension between Route 4 and Rosebud Court; Oak Hill Circle, Laura Lane, Van Alstyne Drive, Rock Cut Road; Valley View Boulevard; Van Allen Way, Washington Avenue Extension; Stonegate Drive, Valley View Boulevard; Hazel Terrace, Farley Drive, Elizabeth Street, George Street, Delaware Avenue, Maryland Avenue, Illinois Avenue, Wisconsin Avenue, Indiana Avenue, Walker Avenue, Ohio Avenue, Missouri Avenue, California Avenue, Florida Avenue, Minnesota Avenue, Iowa Avenue, Michigan Avenue, Washington Avenue Extension; Bloomingrove Drive West, Dixon Road West of Route 4, Ludlow Lane.
  • New students on the following streets would be enrolled at Citizen Genet: Best Road Between Route 43 and Morner Road, Mara Drive, Miller Road, Scythe Tree Lane, Red Oak Lane, Western View Terrace; Agway Drive, Grandview Drive, Thompson Court; Morner Road; Van Leuven Drive East, Van Leuven Drive South, Van Dyke Drive South, Brinker Drive South, Forest Hills Boulevard, Van Tassel Drive, Olga Lane, Van Winkle Drive, Salisbury Road, Route 43 Between Route 4 and Salisbury Road.

Additionally, the district has begun a K-5 Redistricting Study to provide a long-term view of enrollment projections and its impact on each of the school attendance zones. Residents are invited to any of our Budget Review and Advisory Committee meetings where this study will be discussed.

More information about the rezoning proposal can be found at the following resources: