BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. — The Board of Education of the Ballston Spa Central School District adopted a proposed 2021-22 school district budget of $95 million, an increase in expenditures of 1.8 percent more than last year’s budget.

The Board of Education adopted the budget at the April 21 board meeting.

The projected tax levy (the amount due the school district from taxpayers) from the budget will be $54.9 million, a 1.9 percent increase over the 2020-2021 tax levy. The district believes the impact on taxpayers will be flat or produce a minimal increase for an average home in the district that is assessed at $258,000.

The adopted budget supports all current programs and adds additional support for both struggling and accelerated students. 

The district will receive a $3.4 million base grant and an additional $700,000 learning loss grant from the American Recovery Plan. The total must be spent over the course of three years and in line with a plan that the district is required to develop before July 1.

District spokesman Stuart Williams said the district is currently reviewing the guidance and requirements of the grants to determine how the funding can be utilized to provide students additional learning opportunities and to offset some of the costs involved in computer-based instruction and facility improvements in air conditioning and ventilation.

According to the budget edition of the district’s newsletter, the Reader, no programs or staff will be cut thanks to the addition of the funding from the American Recovery Plan.

The school district annual budget hearing/community presentation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 5 in the Ballston Spa High School library.  The presentation will be broadcast also via Google Live Stream and on the district’s Twitter feed.

Questions may be submitted via email at BOE@BSCSD.ORG. A link to the live presentation will be posted before the start of the meeting.

The school budget vote and Board of Education elections will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 18. District residents vote at Ballston Spa High School (residents of the towns of Ballston, Milton and Charlton) and the Malta Town Hall (residents of Malta). 

There are three propositions on the ballot this year along with a vote to fill three seats on the Board of Education.

Proposition No. 1 is the district budget of $94,927,725. Proposition No. 2 is to spend $948,000 for school vehicle (bus) replacements. Proposition No. 3 is to appropriate $59,840 in annual support of the public library.

The Board of Education is also seeking to fill three seats on the school board. Two candidates have announced they are running for two of the seats, incumbent board member Jason Fernau and Timothy Turbiak. The third seat will be decided by write-in ballots.

Please visit the district website for additional details on the budget vote and/or call the district’s budget hotline with specific questions for the Assistant Superintendent for Business at 518-884-7195 ext. 1320.

If a resident of the school district meets the definition of a “qualified voter” but has not registered to vote, they must register to be eligible to receive a ballot. A qualified voter may register with the county by contacting the Saratoga County Board of Elections or at the district’s registration day on May 11. 

Absentee ballots are available for voters who are unable to visit the polls on May 18. An application for the absentee ballot is available for pickup at the school district office or by calling 518-884-7195 ext. 1320.

Absentee ballots must be received no later than 5 p.m. May 18.

Questions and comments may be sent via the comments section on the district website at www.bscsd.org or by calling the district office at 518-884-7195.

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