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Membership open for BSCSD Parent Teacher Associations

BALLSTON SPA – The Ballston Spa CSD Board of Education has announced the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings for the new school year.

As the next semester starts, parents and teachers will be collaborating for ways to best serve their children and students. The BSCSD does this through five active PTAs and a High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA).

School Board member Jason Fernau says the PTAs/PTSA are signing up members to keep parents an active presence in school affairs.

“The PTA usually has around 100 to 200 members in each district,” Fernau said. “We have a lot of ways people can sign up to be involved both online and in person.”

Relevant forms are available at initial meetings and events, through Facebook and on the district website. Meetings are typically monthly or bi-monthly and provide annual calendars with a schedule.

“We meet pretty regularly depending on what’s going on and there’s quite a bit going on lately,” said Fernau.

Already a “Welcome Back” dinner has been held by the Milton Terrace PTA to encourage membership and engagement, while other chapters have advertised Meet the Teacher nights.

Meetings will be especially important in the weeks ahead as the school does outreach to inform voters about the upcoming referendum on high school and middle school renovations in Ballston Spa, expected to cost $24 million and have a net tax impact on the average home assessed at $235,000 of about $11.60 per year, starting in 2021.

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The next PTA meeting for each district and school is as follows:

  • Malta Avenue High School PTSA will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25.
  • Milton Terrace PTA meets at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11.
  • Wood Road PTA meets at 7 p.m. Oct. 16.
  • Gordon Creek PTA meets at 3 p.m. Oct 17.
  • Ballston Spa Middle School PTA meets at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7.

The wider body of the PTA Council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2, where information for the next year’s meetings, as well as other events, can be obtained.

Joining is also a good way to keep educated on resources available to parents and guardians, such as an upcoming Financial Aid Information Night scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27.

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Tomas Gomez is a freelance contributor at The Ballston Journal, a UAlbany alumni, & is allergic to fun thanks to a lifetime interest in sociology & political science.

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