ALTAMONT — One change Altamont’s mayor, James Gaughan, was happy to see this year arose in response to what he calls the “maleficent looming specter” of the possible closure of Altamont Elementary School.

Facing a much smaller budget gap for 2015-16, most Guilderland School Board members want to beef up the fund balance they have dipped into recently to keep taxes under the state-set cap.

Guilderland was a lens for national issues in 2014, home to the first general killed in combat since Vietnam, the place where a Chinese family was murdered, and where an addict was accused of burglary before hanging himself in jail.

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