Board eyes project vote date

FONDA – The Fonda-Fultonville Central School District Board of Education will be looking at potential dates for an upcoming bond vote during its regular monthly meeting Monday.

Interim Superintendent Raymond Colucciello said the board is looking at holding a vote in September or October, with the possibility of pushing it out to December if the district needs to.

Colucciello said the board will be discussing more details about the proposed bond during the meeting.

The $19.8 million project was voted down by a slim margin in May. The project needed 60 percent voter approval, but received 58.5 percent.

The 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 project was projected to increase the tax rate by 53 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The district would have used $750,000 from the capital reserve fund to pay for part of the costs.

The district was expecting the state to pay for up to 90 percent of the project cost.

The board of education discussed shaving off about $400,000 off the project to avoid needing the 60 percent approval during a June meeting.

The July 28 meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room.