Maplewood transition gets high marks

"We had our chorus, but we never had an instrumental program," Steele said.

The school now has about 25 students participating in the program.

"You have a couple of students that need to find their niche," Steele said.

He said he hopes the band will be able to perform in Maplewood's very first holiday concert this year.

Students were also exposed to two more foreign languages this year than in years past, as part of a districtwide elementary foreign language exploratory program, called FLEX. With the program, students are able to get exposure to French, Spanish, German and Russian.

While Steele is happy with all of the changes that Maplewood has seen over the past four months, some changes are still in the works, including an update of the building's Internet service structure. Steele said the district is currently working on networking Maplewood to the Intranet of the North Colonie Central School District so that the school can be tied electronically to the district.

The school is also in the process of receiving more up-to-date technology as many computers that were nearly 15 years old are replaced with laptops.

Rybaltowski said the district is still working on tying up loose ends with the former Maplewood School District by closing bank accounts that the school still has opened.

"Now we're looking to close down those bank accounts," he said, adding that he hopes they are closed by the end of this month.""

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