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January 4, 2013

Online opinion survey

Community input & committee members needed to study BH-BL school renovations

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district residents and staff are needed to help identify the district's most important infrastructure needs.

As it has done every five to six years since 1978, the Board of Education has begun work toward a possible renovations referendum in October or November 2013.

The scope of this year's referendum could turn out to be much broader than some of the district's previous five-year renovations plans. In addition to the perennial issues of improving energy efficiency and replacing deteriorated structures, the district expects school safety and better ways to accommodate educational technology to be significant themes in this year's referendum.

BH-BL residents and staff who wish to share their opinions on the type of renovations they would like to see included in the 2013 plan are invited to complete an online opinion survey here.

Community members needed for study committee by Jan. 11]

A small committee is currently collecting initial renovations proposals, and a second 28-person committee to study all proposals is forming soon.

Five non-staff community-at-large residents are needed for this "Community Renovations Input & Review Committee."

Composition of the 28-person Community Renovations Input & Review Committee

  • 5 community residents (non-staff)
  • 5 PTA representatives (non-staff), 1 per school
  • 2 high school students
  • Superintendent & 2 assistant superintendents
  • Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds
  • 5 teachers, 1 per school
  • 3 support staff
  • 2 administrators
  • 2 Board of Ed. members (ex-officio)

Interested residents should send a letter to the Board of Education in care of superintendent Patrick McGrath describing their connections with the BH-BL schools and why they are interested in being part of this committee. The letters should be received by the BH-BL Schools, 50 Cypress Drive, Glenville, NY 12302 by January 11, 2013.

This second committee will include 28 people, half staff and half non-staff as shown on the right. The committee is designed to represent a cross-section of the community and school district.

Staff members who are interested in serving on the committee should contact their union president. Interested non-staff can also speak to their PTA president about becoming a PTA representative.

The new committee is expected to meet from late January until June at a mutually agreed upon time after school hours. For instance, a previous renovations committee met from 4:30 - 6:30 pm.

Much more information about the overall process and both committees is contained in the district document called "Committees to Study Major Renovation & Construction Needs: 2012 - 2017."

See also the Dec. 11 press release on this topic.

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