"As for a comparison on costs, I don't have one except the very simple one of dividing our $45.8 million budget by 2,900 kids," Hanlon said. "That would work out to around $15,812 per student, though this is not a perfect comparison."
Phillips said the benefits outweigh the costs.
"How does this benefit our district as a whole to not take advantage of this amazing team of educators?" asked Phillips. "Next year they are moving to the University at Albany Campus in East Greenbush, where students will be able to be hands-on with biotech science. They can then bring back to the community what they have learned, which makes this a real success story."
Tech Valley High School is a regional public high school that was created to prepare students to be part of the region's growing high-tech economy.
Halle Prentice, a Scotia-Glenville freshman who attends Tech Valley, told the board that she is grateful for the opportunity and wants to see it offered to the younger students.
"Anytime you can give kids the chance to press them beyond their limits, it's worth it," she said. "I am learning things in ways I never imagined. I am learning in a way that I will always remember."
Board President Margaret Smith asked Prentice if, given the opportunity, she would come back to the high school to show teachers and students what she has learned.
Prentice said fellow Tech Valley student Bruno Pinhero has done exactly that, and she would be willing to also.
"We want to be able to show what we have learned and be able to integrate that with area high schools," said Prentice.
The district is also looking to save money by not replacing the director of curriculum position currently held by Joseph Kavanaugh, who will be retiring in June.
The board is hoping to adopt a building project proposal and the 2009-2010 budget at a special meeting set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the middle school. Board members also plan to hold a public hearing on the building project Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m. at the middle school.""