Board ponders vote date

FONDA – The Fonda-Fultonville Central School District Board of Education is considering when it could have residents vote on a possible capital project.

During its meeting Monday, the school board discussed potential dates for a bond vote on a capital project.

Interim Superintendent Raymond Colucciello has 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.

At its meeting Monday, the board did not set a date for a vote.

A $19.8 million capital project was voted down by a slim margin in May. The project needed 60 percent voter approval, but received 58.5 percent. The district was expecting the state to pay for up to 90 percent of the project cost.

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 board has discussed making alterations to the capital project before sending it back to voters, but no details about any changes have been set.

The board will be reconvening the public information committee to get input on the capital project. The committee welcomes district stakeholders, including members of the public, to give information, advice or ask questions.

The next public information committee meeting will likely be next week, board Vice President Bonnie Couture said.

“We’ve done a lot of work on this, but I’m sure we’re still going to do more work on it,” Couture said. “And anything you think is important [that] you want to bring to the table, you’re more than welcome.”

People interested in volunteering for the committee can contact Couture at 853-4219 or board member Donna Hayes at 853-4216 to sign up.