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Parents lash out at plan to close Malta school

"The map is very hard to understand," Edmiston said. "It's very misleading."

She said if her children were to attend Malta Avenue Intermediate School from where the family lives on Church Street, her two children would be required to walk to school.

She said she is concerned about the safety of her children because they would have to cross Route 50 and Route 67 in Ballston Spa.

"We will look into the zones in relation to safety," said Stewart.

The Board of Education adopted a reconfiguration plan in February to make the district's four elementary schools kindergarten-through-fifth-grade compatible.

The principals will remain in their particular school, and Chuck Smith, who has been serving as the district's transition advisor, will step in as interim principal at Milton Terrace North.

The four schools will be Malta Avenue Elementary School, Milton Terrace North Elementary School, Milton Terrace South Elementary School and Wood Road Elementary School.

As the schools are set up now, kindergarten to second grade classes are housed in Milton Terrace North and South, while students in grades three to five attend Malta Avenue Intermediate School or Wood Road Intermediate School.

District Spokesman Stuart Williams said fewer than a third of the students are physically moving to a new school, although the reconfiguration will affect all of the more than 1,800 elementary school children.

The new attendance zones will allow students from the same family, as well as neighbors, to attend the same school, he said.

Despite the reconfiguration, class sizes will remain standard with 18 to 25 students per class increasing by grade level according to Williams.

The Ballston Spa Board of Education will meet again Wednesday, April 23, in the high school library for a final budget discussion and adoption.""

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