Following is a list, brief description, and contact information for the various departments making up the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District. Most district departments are located at the District Office, Hostetter Leadership Center, 88 Lakehill Road, Burnt Hills, 12027 unless otherwise noted below.
The district’s main phone number is 518-399-9141. For more information on each department click on the links below.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patrick McGrath, ext. 85002
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Maryellen Symer, ext. 85015
In addition to managing the daily operations of the school district, the role of BH-BL Superintendent McGrath is to set a “vision” for the district and orchestrate plans to move toward that vision with the financial resources available. The Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction is responsible for overseeing district curriculum and student achievement.
Director of Physical Education & Athletics Joe Scalise, ext. 83307
BH-BL believes that participation in sports provides a wealth of opportunities and experiences that assist students in their education. Accordingly, the district offers students opportunities to participate in nearly 30 sports across three seasons. The district is a member of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, competing as a Class AA school in Section II. League affiliation is with the Suburban Scholastic Council. [Athletics Department webpage]
Buildings and Grounds Department
Director of Buildings & Grounds Dan Diggins, ext. 84515
The Department of Buildings and Grounds and its staff of about 40 are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the district’s five school buildings, Transportation Center, and two maintenance buildings as well as its acres of grounds and athletic fields. Its goal is to keep the buildings safe and conducive to learning while protecting the public’s investment in its facilities. In addition to preventative maintenance and housekeeping, the department is also responsible for long-range planning, budget development and implementation, capital improvements, environmental regulation compliance, health and safety code compliance, New York State Education Department facility code compliance, the district courier service, employee training and risk assessment, and public use of buildings and grounds.
Assistant Superintendent for School Support Services Christopher Abdoo, ext. 85025
The district Business Office is responsible for overseeing all business operations including budgeting, payroll, accounts payable and receiving, contract negotiations, employee benefits, all insurances, capital construction and building maintenance, purchasing, legal correspondence, crisis intervention, contracts, transportation, food services, etc.
Communications & Public Relations
Communications Specialist Tara Mitchell, ext. 85041
The Communications Office is the news and information source for the district website and social media, liaison with the local media, and producer of a variety of awarding-winning district publications. These publications include budget & capital project newsletters, annual district calendar, curriculum guide, the Parent Today online story portal, Continuing Education brochure, various brochures, guides, and more. These publications are routine winners in the National and New York School Publication Relations Association contests for Educational Journalism. The mission of the Communications Office is to effectively communicate with parents, residents, staff, and students the many activities, events, accomplishments, and other happening in our schools as well as provide greater public accountability and build long-term community support for the school district.
Continuing Education Department
Director of Continuing Education Dacey Bonney, ext. 85011
BH-BL offers continuing education for all adults. Minimum fees are charged for registration, instruction, and materials. A brochure listing the course offerings is mailed to all residents in August and January, and classes begin each September and January. [Continuing Education Webpage]
District Clerk/Clerk of the Board of Education
District Clerk Christopher Abdoo, ext. 85025
The District Clerk is also the Clerk of the Board of Education and oversees board agendas, minutes and policies as well as voting on the district budget, special propositions, capital projects, and school board elections.
Director of Human Resources Michael Nickson, ext. 85014
Employment opportunities are administered by the Department of Human Resources. [Human Resources Webpage]
Food Services Department
Director of Food Services Nicola Boehm, ext. 85003
The BH-BL Services Department offers a comprehensive breakfast and lunch program in each school building as well as free and reduced meals for those students and families that qualify. [Food Services Webpage]
Health & Wellness Department
The District Health Offices and Social Worker Offices are located at each school building within the District. The Health and Safety department and the nurses in each school provide a variety of services to students and their families including early health appraisals, examinations for interscholastic sports and working papers, annual screening of students’ weight, height, vision, hearing and scoliosis, assistance to students with physical and emotional disabilities, first aid for accidents and illness, record maintenance for health immunizations and more. School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals who can assist with mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents and administrators as well as provide individual and group counseling/therapy.
Human Resources Department
Director of HR Michael Nickson, ext. 85014
The Department of Human Resources supports the BH-BL administrative staff in the recruitment, selection and hiring of the district’s teaching and support staff. HR staff work closely with the entire staff in the implementation of union/district initiatives, bargaining agreements and Board of Education policies. The HR Department is also responsible for overseeing all insurances including employee health, dental, prescription drug, optical and life insurance plans, student accident insurance, comprehensive insurance (fire, theft, vehicles, etc.) and Workers Compensation claims. The position also works closely with and offers support to existing employees, retirees, legal counsel and administrators. [Staff Resources Webpage]
Information Technology Department
Director of Technology Tracy Falvo, ext. 85050
The district Information Technology Department is responsible for overseeing and implementing the district’s computer hardware, software and electronic networking systems; the long-range technology plan, the BH-BL and New York State Data Warehouse system to improve business, personnel and instructional functions; the Wide Area Network, virtualized server and Electronic Document Management Service; employee and student tech support, Internet and email security, and initiatives for integrating technology into the curriculum to improve student achievement.
Special Services Department
Director of Special Services Department Sharon McTygue, 85008
The district is responsible for providing special education services to all resident students who qualify for such supports. These services are coordinated by the Director of Special Services also oversees the district’s health (nurses), counseling and mental health (social workers and school psychologists) services for all resident students. [Special Services Webpage]
Director of Transportation Joe Czub, ext. 83524
The district Transportation Department is located at the District Bus Garage, 23 Lakehill Road, Ballston Lake, NY 12019.
BH-BL’s 70-bus fleet travels more than 700,000 miles a year, transporting more than 3,100 students to and from its five schools. The buses are also used for sporting events, out-of-district runs, shared transportation runs, field trips, summer school, and other events. [Transportation Webpage]