Officials outline state of Colonie

Following the theme of shared services and shared goals, Superintendents Joseph Corr of the North Colonie School District and Jon Bunher of South Colonie School District did a joint presentation on how both of their districts are working together now more than ever before.

Corr stressed the importance of getting a college degree in these troubling economic times and said that both districts are working hard to make sure its students are well equipped for higher education. Buhner added that both districts have a graduation rate higher than 90 percent.

"We understand what our role is, and we know how important our work is going to be, and we're working very closely with some of our community colleges trying to track and prepare what training and job opportunities there will be for our kids," he said. "Trying to make sure it aligns with our content and curriculum early."

Among topics such as high levels of parental involvements, a healthy police presence in each district and also interaction with the community, Buhner said extracurricular activities such as the Safe Schools Committee, fosters team building.

The committee features North Colonie and South Colonie students working together towards better school safety protocols for each district and to make sure they are similar so the EMS, police and fire departments know how to act.

"If we ever have a situation where we're going to need medical help or any kind of help at the districts that all the schools are sort of on the same page," Buhner said.

"There is terrific collaboration in the town of Colonie, and as a person who came from outside the area three years ago, I've been very impressed with that."

With Colonie located at the center of the Capital District, Basile spoke about his collaboration with the town of Colonie and emphasized that he never works alone as he communicates with the police department, the fire department and the school districts.

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