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F-F district eyes $24.5M project

January 28, 2014

FONDA — The Fonda-Fultonville Central School District is preparing for a possible $24.5 million capital projec....

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Taxed2much

Jan-30-14 6:39 PM

So what do we know about FFCS? Last year the taxpayers vote on a budget and then midyear get a "oops" some unexpected expenses came up and we need to take a few things back from the kids. The administration didn't find the mistake, it was the auditors who discovered it. Trust gone and they do not have it back and yet they are coming at us with a "pay now or pay later" threat and once again it is linked to sports to get the votes. We were told we are broke, on the verge of closing our doors and yet the leaders of this district who are to blame for our past financial troubles are pushing us further in debt. I have to doubt their abilities when I see the choices they are making. My neighbor told me there are 6 basketball coaches on the bench for a team of 10 or 12, and 10 or more football coaches, boosters hitting us up at every event and AIS is a joke. My daughter wants to be in AIS so she can be on her cellphone! We need more teachers and less coaches! Stop the was

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FFCS99

Jan-30-14 12:09 PM

I am all for getting rid of welfare... there are plenty of jobs out there if people truly want to work. Ask all the illegal immigrants that come here for work... when they can make more $$ sitting on their butt then going out and getting a job there is a problem… the system *****… and god forbid if a republican comes up with an idea on reform….the left wind will be up in arms…no wonder why the democrats are taking so many elections…. It hard to beat the person who is giving away free stuff… No offense taken…yes I am younger…. I think we will have to agree to disagree on this topic…

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MrBoB51

Jan-30-14 10:23 AM

Here's a start; 76% of our combined property taxes go 2 unfunded mandates: Welfare and Schools. The remaining 24% is left to run the Towns and County.

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MrBoB51

Jan-30-14 10:14 AM

So by default it's now the property tax payer's problem parenting skills are in the toilet? No, not even a little bit. Being a parent is not the Schools job and I refuse to pay to accommodate anyone who believes otherwise. Let me ask you a question FFCS99, you appear to be a younger person and I mean no disrespect but do you really know how high our School and Property Taxes already are in Montgomery County?

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FFCS99

Jan-30-14 7:24 AM

One would hope they are taught at home.... I agree and that is where most of us got it from.... but unfortunately it does not appear that way anymore

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MrBoB51

Jan-29-14 4:43 PM

FFCS99, all those character traits you mentioned are taught at home. Competition is something else altogether. You want a Champagne Sports Program when the property tax payer can barely afford a bottle of Ripple. Dial it back.

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FFCS99

Jan-29-14 1:23 PM

So you are for everything else and not the Sport fields? I am assuming you don’t have kids or they are already out of school? You’re probably right that it will not stop the school from have a sports team and nor should it!… but it could help get more kids involved with sport Which in my mind is a good thing… keep them off the streets and engaged… just my 2 cents…

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FedUp0416

Jan-29-14 1:08 PM

FFCS99: You said it would be a money maker and I was just wondering how you came up with that.It sounds like you are listening to the smoke and mirrors that is prevalent in that district. Do your homework. And pay attention. The things being said CANNOT be substanitated with REAL numbers. And I would love for them them to put them on the ballot line by line. BUT they will never let that happen because the turf, new lights for the turf field and indoor track would go down worse than Mondale getting beat by Reagan.

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FFCS99

Jan-29-14 12:49 PM

No but it is safe for the Kids. Have you watched any of the games towards the end of the year? Field is a mess...also by adding this there is no maintenance...no cutting the grass, painting the lines watering the field... I do not know what the projected $ would be from just the entrance fee… but it has to be better than nothing? Are you suggesting that this proposal be voted on line item by line item? The republicans tried that…..and the liberals would have none of it in DC… would it work here? I don’t know??

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FedUp0416

Jan-29-14 11:17 AM

FFCS99 - Just a couple questions: Does a turf field teach better discipline and better teamwork? Also, how much would the school district earn to hold a playoff game? I take it that if FFCS holds a football sectional game, Section 2 pays Fonda for the use of the field. How much is that?

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FFCS99

Jan-29-14 10:29 AM

As a father and a graduate from Fonda, I think this is great news and well overdue. The building upgrades are a no brainer…. As for the performing arts and sports…also a no brainer to anyone who has benefited from these programs.There are studies out there that children who participate in these programs perform better in school, and are much more prepared to work in the real world. Learning life lessons on a team sport is important to the youth and to the community. I see all of these negative statements about sports….and I can’t understand why. Why is it a bad thing for the kids to learn how to be a team player, how to work together to achieve a goal, how to depend on one another, how to learn disciple, and the sense of being a part of smoothing big. The field turf would also be a money maker. We could host playoff football games and or soccer games… same with the bigger track… (Instead of watch Johnstown and Amsterdam get them all). I vote YES.

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Taxed2much

Jan-28-14 10:10 PM

But Tired…it includes a turf field… that is priceless to Fonda.

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TiredOfTax

Jan-28-14 8:45 PM

Sorry finger one place to the right... $24.5

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TiredOfTax

Jan-28-14 8:44 PM

Doesn't anyone think that 35.5 MILLION dollars is a LOT of money to be spent on maintenance and upgrades? It is not building a school it is repairs! I believe that this is wasteful.

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Taxed2much

Jan-28-14 5:36 PM

For some reason FFCS Superintendent's always like to toss the threats around to the taxpayers. Remember "if you vote this budget down there will be NO sports in the next one" and what do you know the next budget had sports. You would have thought they learned their lesson the first time they threatened the taxpayers and the budget was defeated with a resounding THUD! Can we please get a Supt who is invested in this school and please not one married to or related to a school employee! I do have to question how much honesty is coming from this board. I talked to a board member a week ago who stated the amount hasn't been decided and there are a lot of things that can be taken out that really are not necessary; now this article comes out and states $24.5 million project???? Are they back to their old ways of not telling the whole truth to the taxpayers! I live on a $28,000 salary and I don't like someone making over $100,000 telling me what I can and can't afford. My vote is

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Taxed2much

Jan-28-14 5:22 PM

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adkgirl

Jan-28-14 4:20 PM

So glad there's always money for sports....

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MrBoB51

Jan-28-14 1:57 PM

As a Property Tax payer in the FFCHS District I know some of the items are reasonable, repairs are needed but when I hear 'If you don't pay now you're going to pay later' reminds me of what we're up against here. The very idea that I'm going to be threatened into a no-win situation by a School Administrator does nothing to foster an agreement, just the opposite, sir. From this point forward, all I'm going to remember about this proposal is the threat of what happens if I don't agree. You can try to walk back that statement sir but as far as I'm concerned, you screwed the pooch already by picking a fight with the people who pay your salary. My neighbors and I are going to make sure you you claw and fight to justify every single penny you want out of us, now and in the future. Issuing 'challenges' like that seems to be popular in NYS these days, so there's one back at you.

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