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B-Spa Schools adopts $70.5M budget

Board member Frank Townley also said compromise was a major part of making the budget work, adding that the district is making the biggest cuts he's seen in his 23 years on the board.

"It's been very difficult for us to go through this process," he said, adding that the situation is not apt to improve next year. "This is not the end of this mess, it's only the beginning of this mess."

Voters in the school district will go to the polls on Tuesday, May 19, at either Malta Town Hall (residents of Malta) or the Ballston Spa High School (residents of Milton, Ballston and Charlton), where a chicken barbecue and ice cream social will also be held.

Also on the ballot will be propositions for $1.5 million in capital improvement projects to building safety and energy efficiency at all six of the district's schools and $721,000 for school bus and vehicle purchases.

The propositions are heavily funded through aid and would not result in any tax impact for the 2009-2010 school year.

Four Board of Education seats are also up in May's election. Three are for three-year terms and one seat vacated in December by Patrick Leanza is up for a one-year term. Board members Keith Stewart, Nancy Fodera, Daniel Cramer and Kevin Schaefer will all be seeking to retain their seats, and Karen Parlapiano, Gary Guilfoyle and Shawn Raymond are also running. The top three vote earners will get three-years terms and fourth place will serve for one year.

A meet the candidates night is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, at 7 p.m. in the High School library. ""

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