Voters approve facilities improvements for Ballston Spa Central School District

Voters in the Ballston Spa Central School District have voted in favor of Phase III of the facilities improvement plan that will fund renovations and upgrades to school facilities.

In a vote of 894 to 244, 79 percent of voters approved the $24 million plan Tuesday.

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The decision will affect Malta Avenue Elementary School, Ballston Spa Middle School, Ballston Spa High School and the athletic fields of the middle and high school.

“On behalf of the Board of Education and our BSC team, I would like to express our appreciation to the voters who have clearly demonstrated their support of the Phase III facilities referendum,” said Superintendent Ken Slentz in a press release. Further, “These improvements are part of the Board’s commitment to provide safe, secure and productive learning environments for the students in the school district for the coming years”

In the plan, intended to be phased out over several years, Malta Avenue will receive classroom, science room, technology shop, art room and bathroom renovations. Lockers and walls will also be replaced in some places, as will windows. Gymnasium ventilation systems will also be improved.

High School auditorium changes will improve light issues, replace draperies and modify various other systems.

A large expansion will also come to the school’s athletic fields with the upper athletic field gaining a new baseball lot and the outfield converted to a soccer and multi-use field. Parking will also be expanded in the adjacent gravel lot to accommodate roughly 45 cars from the current 15.

Both remaining fields, located in the front of the school and which see more use, will see basic maintenance.

Within the high school are cogeneration plants which will be updated to allow the school to produce its own electricity instead of purchasing electricity from the national grid. Heat produced by the plant will be re-purposed to heat the school’s water, serving a two-fold benefit.

According to Saratoga Project Management’s projections, utilizing a combination of Traditional Building Aid and Capital Reserve Funds of approximately $6.3 million, the net tax impact on the average home assessed at $235,000 is estimated to be about $11.60 per year, starting in 2021.

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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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