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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs City School District will hold their Board of Education and Budget vote in May.
The Board of Education (BOE) and Budget vote will take place this year on Tuesday, May 18. Petitions will be accepted until April 28, therefore a list of who is running will not be made public until April 29, the following day.
Each year there are three BOE vacancies for three-year terms, and community members are encouraged to run for the seats on the board. Individuals who are seeking election to the BOE must submit a petition with a minimum of 50 signatures from district residents.
Normally, the minimum number of signatures needed is 100, however Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order that small city school districts lower the minimum number of signatures needed this year.
Petition packets can be picked up at the MacFadden Administration Building at 3 Blue Streak Boulevard in Saratoga Springs, or packets can be sent by mail or email. Interested candidates can get their petition through the mail or an email after filling out the Board of Education Petition form found on the school district’s website (saratogaschools.org/district, see Board of Education tab, Board of Education Petition Information).
Completed petition packets are due to the Business Office by the deadline of April 28 at 5 p.m. On April 29, at 8 a.m., a drawing will be held for the order of the candidates on the ballot.
The proposed budget is expected to be adopted on April 20. The school district’s website states the following about its contents:
“The 2021-2022 budget will be unique as it will reflect expenses related to COVID-19 and other costs associated with funding materials, supplies, technology and staffing for hybrid and remote learning during the pandemic as well as potential reductions in Federal and NYS aid.”
More information will be made available as the election and budget vote date nears. Any questions related to the Board of Education petition form may be directed to Brenda Roberts at 518-693-1450.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — From 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, at all elementary schools within the Saratoga Springs City School District, residents will be voting on five different proposals. $125,980,236 is proposed overall and calls for a 2.66 percent spending increase and a tax levy of 3.93 percent.
Proposition Two would authorize the school district to spend an estimated $1,040,000 to purchase eight 66-passenger school buses, one 30-passenger bus, one 23-passenger wheelchair bus, and one SUV. State aid would reimburse the district for 40 percent of the cost. In addition to the budget vote, district residents will elect three candidates to the Board of Education for three- year terms.
Proposition Three: The Great Outdoors Capital Project
Total project cost is estimated at $15,600,523 with no new additional taxes levied to support the project. A significant portion is being funded by Capital Reserves, $7.5 million. The remaining portion, $8.1 million, will be funded via issuing debt to replace existing debt that is due to expire. 52.37 percent of spending would be on shared community recreation: Eastside Recreation Park, Westside Recreation Park, and a portion of Gavin Park. “An investment in these spaces benefits both District students and community residents,” said the district. Several new developments for each school in the district are proposed: Saratoga Springs High School will have a new bathroom/ concession building, new storage building, expand automated irrigation systems of the football field, main courtyard, and other fields, new lighted multi-purpose turf field, replaced perimeter fencing, outdoor learning courtyard, and LED gymnasium lighting. Maple Avenue Middle School will also have a new courtyard for outdoor learning, library patio extension, dugouts, expanded automated irrigation systems for the baseball infield, softball, soccer, and lacrosse fields, expand field space by clearing trees, two new batting cages, new fencing at the soccer field, LED gymnasium lighting. Caroline Street Elementary School will receive new outdoor learning classrooms and LED gymnasium lighting. Division Street Elementary School will receive a new playground with social and ADA accessible equipment, new covered pavilion with benches, outdoor reading area at the library, LED gymnasium lighting. Dorothy Nolan Elementary School will remove relocatable classrooms, add outdoor storage, new outdoor pavilion, two new ADA accessible playgrounds, courtyard outdoor learning, new section of perimeter fencing, LED gymnasium lighting. Geyser Road Elementary School will receive ADA accessible playground, new nature trail with learning components, new interpretive signage, LED gymnasium lighting. Greenfield Elementary School will receive new outdoor learning space, new buddy benches and social equipment, natural playground at Grove, new section perimeter fencing, improved bus/parent drop off, outdoor pavilion, LED gymnasium lighting. Lake Avenue Elementary School will receive garden planting wall at sidewalk, gymnasium improvements. More information is available at www. saratogaschools.org for Gavin Park, Eastside Rec, and Westside Rec additions.
Proposition Four would authorize the purchase of Greenfield property located at 3190 Route 9N for $100,000. The purchase of this property would allow for parking, an improved bus loop, and improvements in front of the Greenfield Elementary School.
New Proposals Included in the Budget:
• Addition of a 12:1:2 Class Addition of 12:1:2 class for six incoming Kindergarten students with special needs.
• Special Education Teacher (Dorothy Nolan) Retainment of a Special Education Teacher added during the 2017-18 school year based on student needs.
• Teaching Assistant (Maple Avenue) 1:1 Teaching Assistant for a student with specific IEP needs.
• District Ell Teacher Additional support to meet the needs of our growing student English Language Learners population.
• Teaching Assistant (Division Street) 1:1 Teaching Assistant for a student with specific IEP needs.
• FTE – Occupational Therapist Increase Occupational Therapist position from 0.8 to 1.0 as approved during the 2017-18 school year based on student needs.
SARATOGA COUNTY – On May 16, residents across New York State will be able to vote on the proposed budget for their local school districts. In the interest of helping potential voters in the Saratoga County area make an informed decision, we have gathered together information about what will be on the ballots for a number of major local school districts.
Saratoga Springs City School District residents will be voting on four major things: the 2017-18 budget, the Board of Education election, and two propositions. This year’s proposed budget amounts to $122,712,342, which calls for a 3.64-percent spending increase over last year. According to the district’s website, this proposed budget was designed to “preserve the outstanding quality of education for students within the district.” On the Board of Education election ballot are three candidates running for three-year terms: Anjeanette Emeka, who works in academic affairs at SUNY Empire State College, Jennifer Leidig, President and CEO of Ambiance Commerical Systems and Vice President of Ambiance, and Dr. Stephan Verral, a Board Certified Dermatologist in private practice at Gateway Dermatology in Glens Falls and Malta.
Proposition Two will authorize the district to spend $1,075,000 on six 66-passenger school buses, four 30-passenger buses, one 23-passenger wheelchair bus and one SUV. Proposition Three will authorize the creation of a “Capital Reserve Fund” to, according to the district website, “finance future construction, general improvements, reconstruction and renovations.” The fund would pull from existing funds and would not result in a tax increase.
Ballston Spa Central School District residents will be voting on a proposed 2017-18 budget, to fill three Board of Education seats, and on additional propositions. This year’s proposed budget is $90,340,742, and represents a 2.1-percent spending increase, which would result in a 0.6-percent tax increase across the district. On the Board of Education ballot, voters will chose between candidates Michael O’Donnell, Katie Thimineur, Lillian McCarthy, and Jeanne Obermayer to fill three seats. Propositions on the ballot this year include a “School Vehicle Replacement Proposition” that allows the district to spend up to $907,000 to purchase and replace buses and vehicles, permission to collect $55,650 for public library funding, and $30,000 for the Ballston Area Recreation Commission.
Schuylerville Central School District residents will vote on a proposed 2017-18 budget, to fill two Board of Education seats, and on a few propositions. This year’s proposed budget is $34,849,537, representing a spending increase of 2.1-percent. The district’s website claims that this budget will allow for the continuation of programs and services for students, and for the continued “investment in literacy and technology with the continuation of a literacy coach and technology integration specialist.” On the Board of Education ballot, voters will choose from Stanley Barber, Michael Bodnar, and Veronica Wood to fill two seats. Additional propositions will include a proposition for bus leasing and another for the Schuylerville Public Library budget.
Finally, voters in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District will vote on a 2017-18 budget, on three Board of Education candidates, and on an additional proposition. This year’s proposed budget is $64,492,019, which will represent a 2.48-percent spending increase. The Board of Education ballot will include candidates Peter Sawyer, John Blowers, and Don Marshall. Proposition Two would authorize the district to create a new Board of Education position to be held by a student from the high school.
The state-wide school budget vote will take place on May 16, from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Visit your district’s website to find out where your polling place will be this year.