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Referendum Oct. 16 for BSCSD $24M renovations

BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District Board of Education will hold a bond referendum Oct. 16 to seek the public’s approval to fund the $23.98 million Phase III of the district’s facilities master plan.The proposed improvements include renovations, beginning with critical health, safety and infrastructure items in the Grove Street section of the Malta Avenue Elementary School as well as the outdated classrooms, bathrooms and locker rooms at the Ballston Spa Middle School.

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Proposed high school renovations include the replacement of the original cogeneration equipment and related control systems, upgrades to the auditorium and technology classroom access. The proposed athletic improvements include rehabilitation of fields in front of and behind the middle school, the construction of a new multipurpose field on the south end of the campus and a new athletic storage building.

The bond referendum to fund $23.98 million for Phase III facilities improvements will be on the ballot as Proposition I.  Utilizing $6.3 million from the district’s Capital Reserve Fund, the projected net tax impact on the average home assessed at $235,000 is estimated to be an average of $11.60 per year starting in 2021.

District voters are encouraged to learn more about the proposal before they vote on Oct. 16. Community presentations are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Milton Community Center; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Ballston Town Hall; and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Malta Community Center.

Information will also be presented at PTA meetings and available at the Meet the Teacher Nights in all schools.

The district will hold the referendum for registered voters of the district from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Ballston Spa High School (residents of the towns of Ballston, Milton and Charlton) and the Malta Town Hall (Malta residents).

Additional information about the plan, site and building drawings, as well as photos of current facilities, are located on the Facilities Improvement Project pages of the district website at

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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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