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February 26, 2015

Board update on Veterans Tax Exemption

The New York State legislature recently amended state law to create an Alternative Veterans Exemption which gives school districts the option to exempt from school tax the residential property of certain veterans. [FULL STORY]

February 26, 2015

2015-16 School Budget Forum, March 3

School officials will be hosting their first--or preliminary--budget forum on Tuesday, March 3 in the O'Rourke Middle School cafetorium at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the lastest state and school budget news. This forum will also be broadcast online. More information about the online broadcast will be available on the district's website closer to March 3. The next budget forum is Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the MS cafetorium.

February 26, 2015

Kindergarten Information Night, March 2

School leaders are hosting a Kindergarten Information Night for parents of children who will be entering kindergarten next school year. Join us on Monday, March 2 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Pashley Elementary School. Your child is eligible to enter kindergarten next school year if he or she is 5 years old on or before Dec. 1, 2015.

February 24, 2015

MS drama club presents "The Little Mermaid Jr.", March 6 & 7

The O'Rourke Middle School Drama Club is proud to present "The Little Mermaid Jr." on Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are available at All tickets are $8 pre sale and $9 at the door.

February 12, 2015

Killeen and Shorkey's artwork selected for prestigious Juried Art Exhibition

Congratulations to BH-BL High School students Sarah Killeen and Maria Shorkey for being selected to have their artwork--untitled stoneware (Killeen) and  "Retro is the New Metro" graphite drawing (Shorkey)--included in the 16th Annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition. [PHOTO GALLERY]

February  12, 2015

MS students art work to be exhibited at Proctors Fenimore Gallery

Congratulations to O'Rourke Middle School students Corey Simmons, Jared Rosselli, Sadie Mitchell and Taylor Grabo who were selected to have their artwork exhibited at Proctors Fenimore Gallery for the student show "Fool the Eye". [PHOTO GALLERY]

February 10, 2015

Alexis Scott & Gwenda Law

BH-BL Science Research Program students take first & second places, advance to states

Congratulations to BH-BL Science Research Program students Alexis Scott and Gwenda Law for taking first and second place, respectively, in the recent Eastern Junior Science and Humanities Sub-regional Symposium. [READ MORE]

February 10, 2015

Award granted for Styles Brook researcher Dan Sinopoli

Congratulations to BH-BL senior Dan Sinopoli for winning the Dave Bryson Memorial Scholarship Award for the second year in a row. [READ MORE]

February 6, 2015

HS track being removed

Renovations project: Phases 1a & 1b nearly complete

Final pieces expected to be done this summer

Phases 1a and 1b of the $34 million voter-approved, districtwide renovations project is nearly complete. As finishing touches get put on the Stevens Elementary School's new main office and secure vestibule, behind the scenes work (drafting final plans, submitting plans for State Education Department approval, preparing work to open and award bids, etc.)  for the remainder of the project is happening simultaneously. [READ MORE, VIEW PHOTO GALLERY, VIEW TIMELINE]

February 6, 2015

Allison Taft

BH-BL choir student selected to be an Albany Pro Musica apprentice

Congratulations to BH-BL High School junior Allison Taft for being selected as an Albany Pro Musica apprentice where she will get the chance to sing and perform with music professionals. [FULL STORY]

January 29, 2015

BHBS hockey team

BHBS Varsity Hockey team plays in 5th annual Brave Will hockey game

On Saturday, Jan. 17, skate blades were sharpened and hockey sticks were taped in preparation for the 5th annual Brave Will Hockey game sponsored by the Burnt Hills-Ballston Spa Varsity Hockey team. [STORY & PHOTO GALLERY]

January 27, 2015

Friday Family Fun Nights at the Pool

We've got the cure for wintertime blues: Family Fun Nights! Join us on Fridays, Jan. 30, Feb. 27, March 27, April 24 and May 15 for a night of fun in the high school pool from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Aquatic toys and games will be available to make your family swim night super fun. The cost is $2 per person. Lifeguards will be on duty. [FLYER]

January 22, 2015

Cuomo calls for $1.1 billion school aid increase tied to changes to APPR, with no mention of the GEA

Under the Executive Budget Proposal outlined by Governor Andrew Cuomo on January 21, state funding for schools would increase by $1.1 billion next year – provided that state lawmakers go along with a series of changes that he described as “ambitious” in his combined budget address and State of the State message. [FULL STORY]

January 16, 2015

32 BH-BL students selected to perform at SWCMEA All-County Orchestra & Jazz Festival

Congratulations to the 32 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake students who have been selected to perform at the SWCMEA All-County Orchestra and Jazz Festival held at Ballston Spa High School on Feb. 26 and 28, 2015. [READ MORE]

January 15, 2015

Scholar athlete award ceremony

BH-BL named Scholar Athlete School of Distinction

At a recent board meeting, a representative from the NYS Public High School Athletic Association presented BH-BL Athletic Director Joe Scalise, Superintendent Patrick McGrath and HS Principal Tim Brunson with a recognition award for being named a Scholar Athlete School of Distinction for four consecutive years. [MORE]

January 15, 2015

BH-BL bus drivers wanted


Are you looking to earn some money AND still have your summers and school vacations off? We've got the perfect job for you. Stop by the BH-BL Transportation Office or call Rich Hewlett at 399-9141, ext. 83525 to learn more about how YOU can become a bus driver at BH-BL.


Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake
Central School District

50 Cypress Drive

Glenville, NY 12302

Superintendent Patrick McGrath

(518) 399-9141 ext. 85002

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