Board eyes project vote

FONDA – The Fonda-Fultonville Central School District is looking to hold a new vote in November on a capital project.

The district is considering Thursday, Nov. 20, for the project vote. That date would coincide with evening parent teacher conferences for the district, according to information from the district.

A $19.8 million capital project was voted down by a slim margin in May. The project included items such as upgrading fire-alarm systems, adding climate control to classrooms, increasing computer bandwidth, repairing roofs and replacing grandstand seating. The district was expecting the state to pay for up to 90 percent of the project cost.

The project needed 60 percent voter approval, but received 58.5 percent. The district needed 60 percent of the voters to support the project because part of the district includes a small portion of the city of Johnstown. Small cities need a higher percentage of voter approval because the district went above the then-debt ceiling of $17.5 million for the project, officials said.

At previous board meetings, the board discussed a potential $19.4 million cost for the capital project when it goes to voters again.

Officials said earlier this month an architectural firm agreed to cut $400,000 off its fee, which could leave everything in the project and keep the proposal under the new debt ceiling, which is now about $19.7 million.

Superintendent Raymond Colucciello said the district will work again to get information about the project out to residents before the vote.

“We’re going to do all the things we did before, and even more so,” Colucciello said.

The Board of Education is also looking to have details about the vote available for the district’s open houses, which are scheduled to take place in late September and early October.