Schenectady City School District

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Schenectady City School District
Schenectady CSD Logo.svg
108 Education Drive
, NY, 12303
United States
Coordinates42°47′51.09″N 73°56′22.82″W / 42.7975250°N 73.9396722°W / 42.7975250; -73.9396722Coordinates: 42°47′51.09″N 73°56′22.82″W / 42.7975250°N 73.9396722°W / 42.7975250; -73.9396722
District information
TypePublic city school district
Established1854; 168 years ago (1854)
SuperintendentSuperintendent - Anibal Soler, Jr.
Students and staff
Students9,256 (2018-2019)
ColorsRed and blue    
Other information

The Schenectady City School District is a public city school district in the city of Schenectady in Schenectady County, New York. The district has 17 operating school buildings[2] and is a component district of the Capital Region Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).[3] It was established in 1854[4] and served 9,256 students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade in the 2018-2019 school year.[5]

As of 2008-2009,[6] the district employed 728.8 (on an FTE basis) faculty members and the student-to-teacher ratio was 13.1.[7] As of 2009, the district had the largest population of any school district in the Capital District.


Board of Education[edit]

The Board of Education (BOE) is the authoritative legislative body of the school district. It approves policy and funding; sets committees and district priorities; and approves employment (including the Superintendent) within the district, among other things. The BOE is made up of seven members.[8] The elected Board of Education members for the 2020-2021 school year are John Foley (President), Cathy Lewis (Vice President), Andrew Chestnut, Nohelani Etienne, Princella Learry, Ann Reilly, and Bernice Rivera. The Clerk of the Board is Martha Morris. The Board of Education typically meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month.[9][10]

Members are elected by district residents that are registered to vote. The election takes place on the third Tuesday in May annually.[11] This is the same day as the budget vote; legally, it is known as the Annual Meeting. Any resident may run for a board seat once they deliver to the Board Clerk a petition containing a minimum number of signatures from district residents and meet specific requirements set forth by the state (namely, residence within the district, the ability to read and write, and a willingness to serve). Board members are not paid for their services to the district.


The interim Superintendent of Schools is Dr. Aaron Bochniak, District Director for Planning and Accountability, who was named Interim Superintendent on March 25, 2020,[12] following the resignation of former Superintendent Laurence T. Spring in March 2020.[13] The Schenectady City School District began a superintendent search in July 2020, with the goal of filling the position by November 2020.[14]

The Superintendent is the Chief Administrative Officer of the district and is responsible for the day to day operations of the district in addition to administering policies of the Board.[15]

School buildings[edit]

As of 2019, Schenectady City School District operated 11 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 1 high school.[2]

Elementary schools (11):

  • Hamilton Elementary School
  • Howe Elementary School]
  • W.C. Keane Elementary School
  • Lincoln Elementary Community School
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School
  • Paige Elementary
  • Pleasant Valley Elementary
  • Van Corlaer Elementary School
  • Woodlawn Elementary School
  • Yates Elementary School
  • Jesse T. Zoller Elementary School

Middle Schools:

  • Central Park Middle School
  • Mont Pleasant Middle School
  • Oneida Middle School

High Schools (1) :

  1. Steinmetz Career and Leadership Academy
  2. Schenectady High School @ Washington Irving Adult & Continuing Education Center[16]
  3. Schenectady High School

The former Franklin School was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 and the former Brandywine Avenue School in 1999.[17] In 2017, the former Elmer Avenue Elementary School was shut down and sold by the district as a part of a plan to convert the building into apartments.[18]

Student body[edit]

Testing scores[edit]

Data of passing rates (≥ 65%) for students taking Regents exams in the 2008-2009 school year:[24]

  • Comprehensive English: 67%
  • Math A: 37%
  • Math B: 48%
  • Integrated Algebra: 53%
  • Geometry: 54%
  • Global History and Geography: 50%
  • US History and Government: 69%
  • Living Environment: 78%
  • Earth Science: 63%
  • Chemistry: 54%
  • Physics: 71%
  • Comprehensive French: 96%
  • Comprehensive Spanish: 97%

Other statistics[edit]

According to reports, more than 75% of the class of 2009 intended on attending either a two-year or four-year college after graduating high school, about 40% of which planned on attending a four-year institution.[24] The following is additional data for the 2008-2009 school year:[24][6]

  • Attendance rate: 91%
  • Dropout rate: 4%


The district follows the general curriculum set forth by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, under the direction of the Commissioner of Education and the New York State Education Department. To graduate, a student must have at least four credits each of English and social studies; three credits each of math and science; two credits each of physical education and foreign language classes; one credit of fine art; and one-half credit of health. The student must also have at least 22 credits overall and pass a prescribed amount of state tests to receive a Regents diploma. For all subjects except physical education and health, a full-year course is equal to one credit. Each year of physical education is equal to one-half credit and one-half year of health class is equal to the required amount of health credit.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2020-201 Budget: Voters approve budget" (Press release). Schenectady City School District. 2020-03-27. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  2. ^ a b "Schenectady City School District".
  3. ^ "Districts We Serve". Capital Region BOCES. Retrieved 2010-04-11.
  4. ^ "Schenectady City School District Homepage". Schenectady City School District. Retrieved 2010-04-11.
  5. ^ "Schenectady City School District Enrollment (2018-2019)". New York State Education Department. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  6. ^ a b "The New York State District Report Card: Accountability and Overview Report 2008—09" (PDF). State of New York Education Department Office of Information and Reporting Services. 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-16.
  7. ^ "District Detail for Schenectady City School District (2007-2008 School Year)". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2010-04-11.
  8. ^ "SCSD Board of Education Policies §1310: Powers and Duties of the Board" (PDF). Schenectady City School District. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
  9. ^ "Board of Education". Schenectady City School District. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  10. ^ "2020 School Board Election". Schenectady City School District. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  11. ^ "New York State School Finance Reform: New York State School Aid Budget Process §Local School Funding: May". The Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College. Retrieved 2008-10-11.
  12. ^ "Superintendent". Schenectady City School District. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  13. ^ "Spring resigns as Schenectady school superintendent". Paul Nelson, Times Union, March 25, 2020. 26 March 2020. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  14. ^ "Superintendent Search". Schenectady City School District. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  15. ^ "Employment Agreement: Superintendent of Schools (Between the Board of Education of the Averill Park Central School District and Eric D. Ely)" (PDF). Schenectady City School District. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-04-11.
  16. ^ "Home".
  17. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  18. ^ "Development of shuttered Elmer School awaits vote". 15 May 2019.
  19. ^ "Schenectady City School District Enrollment (2018-2019)". New York State Education Department. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  20. ^ "Schenectady City School District Enrollment (2018-2019)". New York State Education Department. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  21. ^ "Schenectady City School District Enrollment (2018-2019) Grades Pre-K (Half Day), Pre-K (Full Day), K (Full Day), 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Ungraded Elementary". New York State Education Department. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  22. ^ "Schenectady City School District Enrollment Grades 6, 7, 8 (2018-2019)". New York State Education Department. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  23. ^ "Schenectady City School District Enrollment (2018-2019)Grades 9-12 & Ungraded Secondary". New York State Education Department. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  24. ^ a b c "The New York State District Report Card: Comprehensive Information Report 2008—09" (PDF). State of New York Education Department Office of Information and Reporting Services. 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-24.

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