BURNT HILLS: School budget ready for polls

Add 0.2 full-time-equivalent math teaching service for $10,400 to allow the high school to transition to the state's new required math course sequence.

Allocate $30,000 for increased technology support at the three elementary schools to ensure equipment is classroom-ready.

Provide $12,000 to pay the salaries of four lacrosse coaches (varsity and junior varsity girls and boys teams). These changes will allow the district to make several improvements or address high priority needs. However, they will not restore all the funds that were cut in creating the current year's budget. Several areas will continue to be funded at 2005-06 or earlier levels.

District gets good grades

"The Capital District Business Review" last year ranked BH-BL third out of 85 school districts, top grades the district continues to earn.

"For over a decade, BH-BL has consistently scored among the top ten area districts in this annual ranking," said Jim Schultz, superintendent of schools.

Schultz also cited the following attributes of the district:

A stable and desirable community with rising property values, which protects and enhances the investment residents have made in their home.

Well-prepared graduates, whose accomplishments, for example, earned Class of 2006 members $515,780 in college scholarships.

Investment in a workforce with the skills graduates need to be competitive whether they enter the global market or stay in the BH-BL community because they want the same opportunities for their children.

A high school where 93 percent of pupils (including many special education pupils) earn Regents diplomas, where 90 percent of graduates go to college, and where the annual dropout rate has been 1.5 percent or below for many years, even under today's tougher graduation requirements.

A comprehensive high school where pupils can study accounting, carpentry, graphic arts, cooking, electronics, music theory, marketing and computer science in addition to required courses, where 32 courses offer students a chance to earn college credits while still in high school, and where 70 percent of the student body is so interested in learning they choose to fill every block of their schedule with courses and take no study halls.

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