District releases exit poll results

FONDA – The Fonda-Fultonville Central School District has released the findings of an exit survey conducted after last month’s school budget and capital bond project vote.

The survey was conducted during the voting with 165 voters giving their thoughts on both the school budget and capital project. Of those, 128 voted yes on the capital project and 37 voted no. For the school budget, which passed, 140 voted yes to 25 no.

Of those who voted no on the capital project, 44 percent said they turned it down because the cost/tax increase was unreasonable. Of those who voted yes, 44 percent said it was important to maintain the facilities.

The district also asked voters, regardless of how they voted on the capital project, if they would have approved it without the program enhancements like the multisport field. The numbers came in at 67 percent for yes, while 33 percent said no.

The capital project included items such as upgrading fire-alarm systems, installing new athletic-field turf, adding climate control to classrooms, increasing computer bandwidth, repairing roofs and replacing grandstand seating.

The capital project vote was 462 in favor to 327 against, but the measure needed 60 percent voter support to approve the project. The proposal received 58.5 percent of the vote.

The school board has still not decided what it will do in regards to the capital project.

During a special meeting Wednesday, the Board of Education set a work session June 11 at 4 p.m. to discuss its next steps in the capital project.

Board President Tim Wendell said he was proud of the work board members did creating the project.

“We were very close,” Wendell said.

Board member Bonnie Couture said the board worked very hard to come up with something everyone could be happy with. She said there were a lot of people in favor of the project, but that the board also has to recognize the people who were not happy with the project.

“We as a board, I’m sure, will do our best to try at getting what we can for our children at a tax rate everybody can be happy with,” Couture said. “Hopefully, the next bond that we introduce will be one that passes.”

The district also will be holding an open public hearing with the two candidates for superintendent. The June 10 public meeting will feature both superintendent candidates each giving a 15-minute presentation about their plans for the district.

The district has narrowed its search down to Thomas Ciaccio, current FFCS elementary principal, and David Halloran, current FFCS high school principal.

A committee made up of staff, community members and students interviewed the candidates May 29. The board of education will interview the candidates June 16.

A decision is expected to be made on June 23, since the board wants to make a decision before the end of the school year.