Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake district adopts budget

Despite an increase in high school enrollment, the board also decided to cut one math, one English and one social studies teacher at the high school at a savings of $41,600.

Like other districts, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake is preparing to pay for the rising cost of gas.

St. Onge projected an increase of $322,250 in gas, electricity and diesel fuel for next year.

"These increases are painful even though we've been aggressive at finding ways to cut fuel consumption," St. Onge said.

"The utilities increase would have been much greater had we not been able to lock in good electricity rates until 2010 and good natural gas rates until 2012 through the consortium."

The district is a part of a consortium through BOCES that purchases gas and electricity directly from the producer.

St. Onge said the district is paying 15 to 20 percent less than schools that are not part of the consortium.

According to St. Onge's projections, the district will save eight cents per therm of natural gas, or $40,000, in the 2008-09 school year.

Residents can vote on the budget and bus proposal at the high school gym Tuesday, May 20, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.""

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