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Ballston Spa School District ready to vote on budget

The board said they would like to standardize the format of the Web pages across the district.

Obermayer said the district could retool staff responsibilities to include maintenance of the district's Web site so the board would not have to hire an outside individual to update the pages.

The budget is up 6.3 percent from last year's voter-approved budget, and includes the one-time cost of implementing a full-day kindergarten program.

The Board of Education adopted a full-day kindergarten program in January after they received notice of grant funding from the state for implementation.

Full-day kindergarten implementation did not affect the adopted budget according to Williams.

Another proposition on the ballot is for the purchase of several school buses and vehicles at a cost not to exceed $896,000.

Voters will also be asked to approve renovations to district buildings at a $503,000 price tag.

Other propositions are the district's contributions to the Ballston Spa Public Library and the Ballston Spa Area Recreation Commission.

The district has had a relatively low voter turnout over the last several years according to district spokesman Stuart Williams.

He said 2,452 residents voted during the school board elections last year.

A subcommittee designed to encourage residents to vote will be holding presentations at different locations outside the school and at parent-teacher association meetings.

Williams also said the school has created handouts to distribute through the four towns, so the information is readily available.

An official, state-mandated, budget hearing will be held Wednesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. at the district office.

In response to community concern over the closing of Malta Avenue Intermediate School, the school board summoned a task force to evaluate the closure of Malta Avenue and make recommendations to the board.

Board Member Frank Townley said he voted with the board to close the school because the building is not functional for instructional use.

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