B'ville district gets A- approval

The Baldwinsville Board of Education heard several presentations at the Monday meeting held Feb. 11. The presentations included the results of a survey done by a local research group, proposals for the 2008-09 budgets for the athletics and special education departments, and a proposal by Superintendent Jeanne Dangle for a potential capital project.

The district had commissioned Research & Marketing Strategies, a Baldwinsville business, to conduct a survey on residents' perception of the school district. President Mark Dengler and Senior Research Associate George Kuhn of RMS were on hand Monday night to inform the board of the results. The company used a telephone survey to contact just over 400 residents of the district and asked them several questions about schools, needs of the district and their voting habits in district referendums.

Overall, Dengler said the school district was seen to be a very valuable asset to the community. He said 82 percent of people who were surveyed either said they were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with the district. The company used a scale to equate these responses to a satisfaction grade of "A-" for the district.

"We do this type of research among many school districts, and Baldwinsville fared very well. An A- is on the high end," Dengler said. "You should be proud of that."

The results of the survey will be used to help the board communicate better with the public and to prioritize projects for the district.

Athletic budget proposal

Bruce Quimby, athletic director for the district, made a proposal for the budgets for the intramural and Friend-to-Friend programs, physical education and athletics for the 2008-09 academic year. The overall budget is proposed to increase from $987,362 this year to $1,040,091. All of the increases in this budget is due to a raise in coaches' salaries, both through contractual raises for existing coaches and for the hiring of a new coach for the formation of a JV boys' volleyball team.

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