MILTON – Wayne Howe will remain the town’s highest paid employee in 2017, earning $87,516 according to the salary schedule adopted Wednesday at the Town Board’s annual organizational meeting. [Read more…]
Age bracketed, Co-ed Competitive swimming and diving team.
Online registration for the BARC summer swim team opened on April 1, 2015 and will close April 30, 2015. Team size is limited to first 100 registered swimmers.
Cost is $90 per swimmer. To be eligible to swim children must reside in the Ballston Spa School District and be entering Kindergarten through 12 grade.
These are not swim lessons. Swimmer must be able to swim one length of 25 yard pool without flotation or stopping. Swim team begins May 26 and concludes first week-end in August.
Log onto: www.ballstonarearec.org to find online registration. You may call the BARC office 885-1634 if you need help registering.
The Ballston Area Recreation Commission (BARC) Youth Theatre Company presents its 2014 musical production, “Tarzan” directed by Michael Gatzendorfer. The production features on stage and behind the scenes efforts of more than 50 very talented young, local performers, ages 8-18. The performance is also accompanied by a live pit orchestra. [Read more…]
BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Area Recreation Commission (BARC) Youth Theatre Company presents its 2014 musical production, “Tarzan”; directed by Michael Gatzendorfer. The production of six shows opens [Read more…]
Age bracketed, co-ed competitive swimming & diving team
BALLSTON SPA — Online registration for the Ballston Area Recreation Commission (BARC) summer swim team is open until Apr. 30. Team size is limited to the first 100 registered swimmers. [Read more…]
BALLSTON SPA — Right off the heels of Rafael Nadal’s amazing eighth French Open title and Justin Gatlin’s shocking win over Usain Bolt in the 100 meters, the Ballston Area Recreation Commission (BARC) gets ready to serve up another summer of tennis and track and field programs for kids in the Ballston Spa Central School District.
One hundred and thirty-five children have applied for the track and field camp, which runs for five straight Wednesdays starting June 19 through July 24 (with the exception of July 3).
Tennis registration is still open and will be until July 1. There are already 74 athletes enrolled in this program, which offers great instruction for the price — $35 per session, two sessions for $55. [Read more…]
BALLSTON SPA — Over the past few budget cycles, the Ballston Spa Central School District has managed to deal with the fallout from the Great Recession pretty well. Superintendent Dragone, the Board of Education and the district administrators, teachers and staff have done a remarkable job of working the numbers in the face of some rather daunting challenges.
This year, all the efforts were rewarded when the budget they developed passed by a huge margin. Fully three-quarters of the district residents who voted said yes. And that’s to a budget with a 4.2 percent increase in spending and a 1.5 percent rise in the tax levy (although it’s highly likely the actual tax rate won’t go up in August, a fact which undoubtedly helped the vote).
It’s a commendable achievement, especially when you consider the huge and unavoidable jump in pension and health care costs and the huge and unavoidable spending mandated from on high they had to contend with. Taken together, those two factors didn’t leave a whole lot of room for Dragone and his people to maneuver. But they managed to work around whatever obstacles were there and come up with a very tidy budget of just under $80 million to present to voters.
That’s a big number by any measure. But down at the bottom of the budget proposal were a few other propositions voters had to approve or reject. One was funding to replace some worn out district vehicles, another was to kick some money to the Ballston Spa Public Library, and a third was for $28,000 to go to the Ballston Area Recreation Commission.
Now, $28,000 might not seem like much when the overall budget number is so big. But to BARC, an organization specializing in creating low-cost youth programs on a shoestring, it’s a pretty sizable, and badly needed, amount of money. We think it’s great district voters approved it.
Even better is what the money will go to. BARC works closely with the school district in designing its programs, and even though it operates independently the two are very much hand in glove. Wherever there’s slack, BARC picks it up. There are enrichment programs, sports programs, a theater group. Kids of all ages can do anything from learn to hit a baseball to learning a new language. All of it supports the school district’s mission of creating educated, well-rounded young citizens capable of contributing to their local communities, culture and economy.
That’s a lot of bang for the buck.
And it doesn’t stop with the kids. If you’re an adult interested in, say, coaching, BARC has a place for you. It’s a great chance for grownups to contribute to their community, not to mention have a little fun in the process.
It’s also a great reason to have something like BARC around. We think anyone who looks objectively at the strides the Ballston Spa Central School District has made since he took the helm would have to say Superintendent Dragone is a truly great educator and administrator. But we think he would be the first to tell you he’s had an awful lot of help, and it’s come from a lot of different places. One is the business community, which has been terrific in supporting the Early College High School Program. There can be little doubt it’s going to serve as a valuable conduit between our youth and the workplace for years to come.
But the future is not just about jobs. It’s also about growing up to become a responsible, committed, productive and law-abiding citizen, and in that part of the equation schools can only do so much. When they run out of real estate it’s up to others to step in. It starts with families first, of course, but after home and school it’s incumbent on us as a society to support the many nonprofit and service organizations created to help.
In the case of the May 21 budget vote, we did just that. The school budget was the big fish in the pond, but after months of review and presentations it was easy to see it was absolutely the best that could be done. The little BARC nugget buried at the bottom of the ballot may have been harder to see. But the results aren’t, and that makes this a good budget for Ballston Spa.
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In a widely expected result, the Ballston Spa Central School District proposed budget for the 2013-2014 academic year passed by a wide margin during the May 21 statewide vote. Board of Education candidates Susan Filburn and incumbent Dan Cramer also received overwhelming support.
The budget passed by a percentage margin of 75 – 25, with 1,160 district residents voting yes and 397 voting no.
Filburn garnered 1,184 votes in her bid to join the board. Cramer was reelected with 1,213 votes.
“We’re appreciative of the community’s support of the budget plan we put forward,” Ballston Spa Central School District Superintendent Joseph P. Dragone said in a statement. “We will continue to balance fiscal responsibility while offering the finest academic opportunities for our students.”
Next year’s district budget will total $79,634,892, a 4.2 percent increase in expenditures over the current budget. The district tax levy was raised by 1.5 percent, but no increase in actual average tax rates is expected.
The tax rates are set in August.
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