Including architects' drawings, newsletter & list of all projects
All BH-BL schools will be closed for spring recess, Monday, April 14 to Friday, April 18. Classes resume Monday, April 21. Additionally, the district offices located at the Hostetter Leadership Building will be closed Monday, April 14 and Friday, April 18. Happy Spring!
The long summer days are almost here, do you know what your children will be doing? Is he or she interested in STEM programs, Spanish, Chinese/Tai Chi, Ecology or maybe Micro-controllers? There's lots to do. Take a look at some of the many enrichment programs and classes offered at BH-BL, neighboring schools, BOCES centers and even Siena and RPI colleges. [LEARN MORE]
At its April 8 meeting, the board of education adopted the 2014-15 proposed budget that will go be before voters on Tuesday, May 20. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the high school gym. The proposed budget is $60,458,535 and calls for a tax levy increase of 1.94 percent, preserves current programs and services, and seeks to position BH-BL for a strong educational and financial future. The proposal represents a $1.4 million or 2.44 percent spending increase. In addition to the 2014-15 school budget, residents will be asked to consider a land purchase proposition (which carries no tax impact); a bus purchase proposition; and to elect three candidates to the board of education. A detailed budget newsletter is expected to be in mailboxes in early May. Visit our budget webpage for more information.
Congratulations to O'Rourke Middle School teacher Brian Banks who was nominated for the Saratoga County Teacher-of-the-Year award through a contest spearheaded by Saratoga Today Newspaper. In order to win the award, Mr. Banks needs to receive the most votes. Voting ends Sunday, April 20, so spread the word to vote for Mr. Banks by logging on to the newspaper's website. http://saratogatodaynewspaper.com/index.php/teacher-of-the-year-vote Good luck, Mr. Banks.
The Meet-the-Candidates Night, where residents have an opportunity to meet and ask BH-BL Board of Education candidates questions prior to board elections on May 20, has been moved to Monday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the middle school cafetorium. Please update your calendars to reflect the new date and location. The event will be moderated by the Saratoga League of Women Voters. Residents will have an opportunity to elect three community members to the board of education on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. If residents are unable to attend in person, the event will be streamed online. A link will be made available at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 5.
If you are unable to vote in person in the 2014-15 school budget vote on Tuesday, May 20, you may request an absentee ballot by completing and submitting an absentee ballot application. Contact District Clerk Christopher Abdoo at 399-9141, ext. 85025 to request an application or download the application here.
At the April 1 Final Budget Forum, school leaders walked residents through the budget development process, explained BH-BL's current and future financial challenges, and discussed the mostly budget-neutral changes being proposed for next school year. If you missed the forum, you can watch a recording and view the presentation. [WATCH VIDEO OF FORUM] [DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION]
This is a reminder that during spring recess there will be no Saturday open swim sessions. The pool is closed April 12 and 19.
At this past weekend's WorldStrides Heritage Music Performance Festival, BH-BL raked in 18 awards with three students earning the distinction of "outstanding" in various categories. [READ MORE]
The BH-BL Department of Fine Arts will present the 2nd annual Jazz Showcase on Tuesday, April 8 in the high school auditorium at 7:30 p.m. [LEARN MORE]
The NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants), which recognizes and celebrates commitment to music education for all children, recently named BH-BL as a "Best Communities for Music Education" district. [LEARN MORE]
BH-BL district leaders and the Board of Education are excited to announce that the first phase of the voter-approved Building Our 2nd Century Renovations Referendum project is slated to begin at the end of this school year. [READ MORE]
Parent Today subscribers are learning how to navigate financial aid forms, focus seniors on the graduation endgame, and make science and math fun for younger students through the Great Backyard Bird Count. You can sign up for this free e-newsletter and website. [MORE]