ABOUT WYNANTSKILL Union Free School District
The Wynantskill Union Free School District is a small, suburban K-8 school district serving approximately 323 students in the village of Wynantskill and surrounding communities. The district is located about 4 miles southeast of Troy, New York in Rensselaer County.
Students in kindergarten through eighth grade attend the Gardner-Dickinson School on East Avenue, established in 1969. The school is named after Fred E. Gardner and James L. Dickinson. The school’s team name is The Royals.
Students graduating from 8th grade have five High School options: Averill Park, Columbia (East Greenbush CSD), Tamarac (Brunswick CSD), Troy or Tech Valley. Wynantskill UFSD pays tuition to the districts for students to attend their high schools.
The term “Union Free” in the school district’s official name has nothing to do with labor unions; faculty and staff are members of labor unions. The term “Union Free” is simply a type of school district similar to a “Central School District”.
- Wynantskill UFSD Superintendent is Thomas Reardon.
- Gardner-Dickinson School Principal is Mary Yodis.
- The 2015-16 school budget totals $8,863,296.
- The tax levy has increased by 2% or lower for five straight years.
- District website: www.wynantskillufsd.org
- District Facebook page: www.facebook.com/wynantskillufsd
- District Twitter page: www.twitter.com/wynantskillufsd
Wynantskill is located on the eastern edge of New York State's Capital District. Located in the town of North Greenbush in Rensselaer County, Wynantskill borders the eastern edge of the city of Troy on the banks of the Hudson River. It is a 15-minute drive to Albany, the capital of New York State.
The Capital District region is well known for its institutes of higher education. These include: Albany College of Pharmacy, Albany Law School, Albany Medical College, The College of Saint Rose, Empire State College, Hudson Valley Community College, Maria College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Russell Sage College, Schenectady County Community College, Siena College, Skidmore College, State University of New York at Albany, Union College and Williams College (MA).
The Capital District, with a population of approximately 850,000, offers peacefulness of the countryside on one side of the Hudson River and the excitement of Albany's urban life on the other. Excellent recreational and cultural activities are available. Wintertime activities excel with major ski areas located nearby. In the summer, sporting and cultural activities abound.
A little more than a half-hour drive to the north is the Saratoga Spa State Park. The 2,000 acre park houses mineral water springs and baths, a spouting geyser, golf courses and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). Also in Saratoga is the famous Saratoga Race Course, a favorite of thoroughbred horse-racing enthusiasts from around the world.
The Times Union Center in Albany hosts sports and entertainment for the region. The Houston Fieldhouse, on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus in Troy, is home to the RPI Engineers ice hockey team. The Troy Music Hall, world renowned for acoustical perfection, provides year-round concert life in the city. Proctors Theatre in Schenectady is the home to numerous musicals and concerts.
Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Williamstown Playhouse, located at Williams College, are within 45-minute drives. It is also a short drive from Wynantskill to the Adirondacks, the Helderbergs and the Green Mountains.