GASD redistricting information

View the May 6th informational meeting on redistricting above

View the April 29th informational meeting on redistricting above

GASD redistricting study completed, Submit parent questionnaire by May 8

In spite of the closure of schools during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Greater Amsterdam School District is moving forward on its redistricting plan to gradually bring students back to their neighborhood elementary schools. The first step begins in the fall.

A GASD redistricting committee had been studying the plan since January and made its final report with recommendations to the Board of Education in April. Under the plan, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 5 students will be transitioned back to their neighborhood elementary schools over a three-year period.

Access the link below for a redistricting map to see which neighborhood school zone you live in. Tap the search button on the page (magnifying glass in top left), type in your street address and see which school zone you live in. 

https://www.scribblemaps.com/maps/view/GASD_Redistricting/KG2SimdYlx

Important Documents

How will students be placed in schools under redistricting?

Students will be placed in their home schools based on the following priority list:

  1. Separated siblings can be relocated to home school zones
  2. Current K – 5 students will be given the option of remaining in current school or relocating to home school zone
  3. For the 2020-2021 school year only, incoming Pre-K and Kindergarten students will be given the option of attending a school with siblings or attending a school in the home school zone. Please note that due to the limited number of Pre-K slots in each elementary building, we cannot guarantee your request.  
  4. Beginning in 2020-2021, students receiving consultant teaching may opt to return to their home school zones where they will receive the necessary services
  5. All new entrants will continue to be automatically assigned to home school zones

Redistricting questionnaire completed

To help us plan for the changes next school year, K-5 parents were asked to complete a short questionnaire  by May 8 notifying the district if:

  1. You’d like your child to remain in the school they are currently enrolled in next school year or
  2. You’d like your child to move to their neighborhood school next school year

Please understand that if you do not complete the questionnaire by May 8 as asked, it is understood that the GASD will assign your student(s) according to class size availability.

Important information about school transportation

Transportation will continue to be provided for the 2020-21, 2021-22, 2022-23 school years for students not choosing to attend their home schools.

However, beginning in the 2023-24 school year, students may continue in the school of their choice as long as there is room in the designated grade and transportation to and from school/day care is provided by the parent/guardian. This means that the district will provide transportation only to students in home school zones beginning in 2023-24.

Transportation to any other addresses other than home is provided under the following conditions: Daycare is within the student’s home school zone or to a licensed daycare provider within the GASD.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and loss of state aid to GASD, transportation will no longer be provided for children attending the Pre-Kindergarten program beginning in the fall. Pre-K transportation will now be the responsibility of the parent/guardian of the student enrolled in the program.

How can I learn more about the redistricting plan?

GASD held two online community informational presentations about the redistricting plan on April 29 and May 6. Access the YouTube links below to view the recorded presentations:

Comments and questions are always encouraged and can be submitted by email to RDquestions@gasd.org or by mail to: Superintendent’s Office, Greater Amsterdam School District, 140 Saratoga Ave., Amsterdam NY 12010.

Why did the GASD study redistricting at this time?

Two main factors went into our redistricting study: providing our elementary students with the best education possible and improving the district’s bus transportation system.

With the loss of magnet school programming, due to the loss of grant funding, the district realized it was imperative to evaluate the current model and assess how changes in school programming might positively impact student learning and transportation. The district’s current model for transportation of students is inadequate and inefficient.

The transportation policy/decisions that a school district makes have a substantial impact on student health, attendance, safety, as well as school district funding. By redistricting and returning students to their neighborhood schools, the study revealed that the number of bus routes would be reduced significantly by 65-75 percent from the current numbers.

To learn more about the background of this study please visit https://www.gasd.org/preliminary-gasd-redistricting-study/