• Phase III Facilities Improvements Completed - Summer 2021

    It was an active summer for improvements at the Ballston Spa Central School District. Several projects that were included in the District’s Phase III Facilities Improvement Bond Referendum (that was approved by the voters in October 2018) were completed during the summer break.  Specifically, the second grade, computer, music and art classrooms, as well as hallway improvements, were completed on the second floor in the Grove Street section of the Malta Avenue Elementary School. The outdated science classrooms and bathrooms at the Middle School were reconstructed during the second summer of the three year phased project. Gymnasium windows were also replaced around the top of the main Middle School gymnasium (a year ahead of schedule).

    High School renovations included the replacement of 50 HVAC and related control systems in first floor classrooms (second floor classrooms were upgraded last summer). The proposed athletic improvements included the construction of a new multipurpose field on the south end of the campus and a new athletic storage building, both of which are now complete and being utilized.  Additional field improvements will be completed as approved and scheduled in the coming months and/or during upcoming summer breaks.

    Outdoor work included parking lot and roadway projects including the addition of a drop-off lane in front of the Middle School and the addition of more student parking in front of the High School. 

    In addition to internal building security enhancements, a new building greeter station was completed at the entrance to the District Office, completing our safety renovations throughout the buildings to provide for secure, staffed entrances to all public buildings.

    Our cleaning staff did an outstanding job this summer getting our classrooms and buildings ready for the return of students and staff.  In addition to routine repairs, maintenance staff surveyed and performed preventive maintenance on school building roofs, air conditioners and kitchen coolers. 

    The completion of the third phase of the District’s Phase III Facilities Improvement projects is schedule for the summer of 2022. Additional work will be completed on the first floor and basement of the Grove Street building at Malta Avenue Elementary School including the reconstruction of the kitchen and the gymnasium, the science classrooms and bathrooms in the final wing of the Middle School will be completed and the HVAC and related control systems will be replaced in the remainder of the High School.

    Beyond that, the District will be examining the roof of the High School and developing a plan for replacement of the 25 year old roofing materials, rehabilitating the fields in front of the Middle School and developing a five year facilities improvement plan (required by the NYS).

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    Phase III Facilities Improvements Being Completed - Winter 2021

    The district has started the multiyear facilities improvement projects identified in Phase III of the facilities master plan (2010). These improvements are part of the Board’s commitment to provide safe, secure and productive learning environments for the coming years. After receiving the support of district voters in the fall of 2018, the necessary designs and regulatory approvals were secured, and the BOE awarded bids to begin the projects in the spring of 2020. Most of the work is being completed when buildings are unoccupied during the summer months over a three year time period.

    The improvement projects began in the summer of 2020 with the start of the renovations in the Grove Street section of the Malta Avenue School including the updating of third floor classrooms, lockers/hallways and the auditorium. Work began on the outdated classrooms, lockers, and bathrooms at the Middle School. High School renovations included the replacement of the original cogeneration equipment and the replacement of classroom heating and cooling systems. The athletic improvements included the construction of a new multipurpose field on the south end of the campus and a new athletic storage building. Information about the three year plan is located on the Facilities Improvement Project pages of the district website.

     Athletic Storage Building   Co-Gen plant upgrades at BSHS-MS   New exterior and entrance door to the BSMS Library  Malta Avenue Auditorium - Spring 2021                      Malta Avenue Renovated Classrooms      Malta Avenue ES New Lockers - Spring 2021     Middle School Technology renovated in summer 2020  Middle School renovations to the exterior of the Art and Tech rooms

     

     

    Update on Facilities Improvement Plan - Winter 2020

    The district continues to move forward with facilities improvement projects as approved by district voters in the fall of 2018. These improvements are part of the Board’s commitment to provide safe, secure and productive learning environments for the students in the school district for the coming years. After necessary design and approvals, the Board of Education has started to award bids to begin the projects this coming spring and summer in the various facilities. Most of the work will be completed when buildings are unoccupied during the summer months and will be completed over a three year time period. 

    The improvements include renovations in the Grove Street section of the Malta Avenue Elementary School as well as the outdated classrooms, bathrooms and locker rooms at the Ballston Spa Middle School. High School renovations include the replacement of the original cogeneration equipment and related control systems, upgrades to the auditorium and technology classroom access. The proposed athletic improvements include rehabilitation of fields in front of and behind the Middle School, the construction of a new multipurpose field on the south end of the campus and a new athletic storage building.  

    The approved bond referendum totaled $23,980,000 for the Phase III facilities improvements.  Additional information about the plan, site and building drawings, video tour, as well as photos of current facilities are located on the Facilities Improvement Project pages of the district website at www.bscsd.org.

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    Voters Approve Facilities Improvement Plan - Fall 2018

    District residents came out to the polls and approved the Ballston Spa School District’s Phase III Facilities Improvement Bond Referendum on October 16, 2018 with a preliminary count of 894 for and 244 against the proposal. The voters’ approval will now allow the district to proceed with the design, development, and instruction as outlined in the improvement plans.

    “On behalf of the Board of Education and our BSC team, I would like to express our appreciation to the voters who have clearly demonstrated their support of the Phase III facilities referendum,” indicated Superintendent Ken Slentz. Further, “These improvements are part of the Board’s commitment to provide safe, secure and productive learning environments for the students in the school district for the coming years”.

    The proposed improvements include renovations in the Grove Street section of the Malta Avenue Elementary School as well as the outdated classrooms, bathrooms and locker rooms at the Ballston Spa Middle School. High School renovations include the replacement of the original cogeneration equipment and related control systems, upgrades to the auditorium and technology classroom access. The proposed athletic improvements include rehabilitation of fields in front of and behind the Middle School, the construction of a new multipurpose field on the south end of the campus and a new athletic storage building.

    The bond referendum totaled $23,980,000 for the Phase III facilities improvements.  As a result of utilizing $6,325,000 from the district’s Capital Reserve Fund, the projected net tax impact on the average home assessed at $235,000 is estimated to be an average of $11.60 per year starting in 2021. 

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    Ballston Spa CSD Facilities Improvement Project - Fall 2018
    The Board of Education is holding a referendum on October 16, 2018 for a facilities improvement project to continue addressing infrastructure needs as identified in Phase III of the district’s facilities master plan. The proposed improvements include renovations, beginning with critical health, safety and infrastructure items in the Grove Street section of the Malta Avenue Elementary School as well as the outdated classrooms, bathrooms and locker rooms at the Ballston Spa Middle School. High School renovations include the replacement of the cogeneration equipment and related control systems, upgrades to the auditorium and technology classroom access. The proposed athletic improvements include rehabilitation to fields in front of and behind the Middle School, the construction of a new multipurpose field on the south end of the campus and a new athletic storage building.

    Please see the site plans and drawings via the link to the left or click HERE. The Board of Education approved the scope of the proposed project, including costs and schedule, at the August 1, 2018 meeting and plans for the Facilities Bond Referendum at the August 15, 2018 meeting.

    Learn more about the proposal at a Community Presentation:
    October 1, 2018 at 6:30 pm - Milton Community Center
    October 4, 2018 at 6:30 pm - Ballston Town Hall
    October 9, 2018 at 6:30 pm - Malta Community Center 

    Information will also be presented at PTA meetings and available at the Meet the Teacher Nights in all schools. Details of the current proposal are available in the presentation documents linked below. Additional information about the plan is available by contacting the District’s Business Office at 518-884-7195 ext. 1320.  

    Facilities Improvement Referendum - Presentation Handout
    Ballston Spa CSD Newsletter and Referendum Information - Fall 2018

    Facilities Improvement Project - Board of Education presentation - August 1, 2018
    Facilities Improvement Project - Board of Education presentation - July 11, 2018
    Facilities Improvement Project - Board of Education presentation - June 20, 2018

     Malta Avenue Auditorium ceiling   Classroom in Grove st   
    Renovations are proposed for the Grove Street section of the Malta Avenue Elementary School (~1920) that were not incuded in Phase II of the Facilities Improvement Project. 

     

    $24M facilities upgrade proposed for BSCSD - The Ballston Journal

    Ballston Spa to hold hearings on $23.98M school bond vote - Times Union

    Ballston Spa Central School District Plans Facilities Improvement Referendum - Ballston Spa