Facilitator chosen for Ballston Spa school task force

To that end, employees of the district will not be eligible to serve on the task force. The meeting schedule will be posted, and the public will be allowed to attend, but not participate.

The members of the task force have yet to be chosen. Two representatives will be selected for each of the six schools in the district. The resident's home location will be used to generate a "cross section" of the district. Ten to 12 meetings of the task force are expected. Collins suggested biweekly two-hour meetings.

Applications to be on the task force will be accepted up until the board meets on July 23 to select members. The task force is slated to begin its work in August. Applications can be found on the district's Web site: www.bscsd.org.

An estimation of Collins' fee for acting as facilitator was between $1,900 and $2,500.

The board also briefly discussed the upcoming renovations to the middle and high schools.

Superintendent Raymond Colucciello said he had met with representatives of the State Education Department to review the architect's plans, and that the response was "preliminary, but positive."

The plans call for 106,000 square feet of renovations and 70,000 square feet of additions, mostly to the older middle school areas of the structure. The meeting with the state was a step toward receiving financial aid for the construction, but Colucciello said there is a roughly 25-week wait for grants. If all goes well, the hope is to begin construction in the spring of 2011.""

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