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District welcomes Maplewood to family

Steele said he has had a close working relationship with the administrators in the North Colonie Central School District, and that they have seen the annexation process through together.

As far as changes to the Maplewood School, Ehrenberg said she hopes the students notice virtually no changes. Steele mirrored that sentiment.

"I guess as an educator, I hope when the students walk in, I don't want them to see any difference," he said.

But Steele did say a few noticeable changes will be made to the Maplewood School, including a new concert band that students can participate in.

"Some of the students will be playing some instruments. I think it's just a matter of allocation of time " now that my seventh- and eighth-grade students will be going to [Shaker] Junior High, that frees up my music teacher to teach band," he said, "We're looking forward to it."

As for what Maplewood gave to the district, he cited the school's foreign language programs.

But despite whatever changes the school sees in the months after it has officially become one with North Colonie, Steele said the future of Maplewood should be as bright as the past.

"Maplewood has always been a great school, and it's going to continue to be a great school, now that we're under the umbrella of North Colonie," he said, "It's been a great process over the past two years, and I'm going to continue to see it through, and I'm excited to be principal."

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