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Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District approves $34 million bond

A $34.2 million bond issue for the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District was approved with about two-thirds support on Tuesday.

Slightly more than 2,000 voters turned out to vote on the issue, which will pay to create technology classrooms, move district offices, and make other improvements. The turnout was the most ever for a referendum in the district and almost reached the number of votes for the budget in May.

“The overwhelming support for the Renovations Referendum is a reflection of the high value placed on education in the BH-BL community and shows that our residents believe in and support our schools,” said Superintendent Patrick McGrath in a statement on the school website. “The next few years are going to be very exciting as our schools are transformed into spaces that allow and encourage all of our students to collaborate, communicate, design, create, invent, problem solve and think critically—which are skills that are necessary for students to succeed in college and workplace settings.”

A complete explanation of the issue from the district is available below. It details how and why the money is being spent.

Through the bond issue, district officials propose moving their administrative offices from the aging Hostetter building in Glenville to the high school. As part of the shift, the high school would add a new science, technology, engineering, art and math wing.

Officials said the projects will qualify for a 77 percent state aid reimbursement, so the tax increase for a home assessed at $200,000 should be about $40 per year.

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BHBL Bond Issue by DailyGazette

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