Survey says: Committee goes over ACS survey results


by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
November 07, 2012
ALTON — The Alton Central School Buildings and Grounds Committee met on Thursday, Nov. 1, and discussed the results of the survey that were went out to nearly 3,000 residents in the town of Alton.

The survey asked several questions about renovations to Alton Central School.

A total of 2,910 surveys were sent out, and 396 surveys were returned in a timely manner. This represents a 14 percent return.

Of the 396 people who responded to the survey, a surprising 78 percent of the responders don't have a child at ACS.

According to Andy Smith, of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, this is an acceptable return rate for a survey of this type.

It was reported that the average return rate for a survey of this type if 10 percent.

The committee discussed the results of the survey as complete, and they ultimately voted to accept the results of the survey.

Sixty-seven percent of the surveyors felt the school is in good, fair or excellent shape, and 41 percent of the surveyors felt the modulars need to be replaced.

There was a lengthy discussion about how to move forward. Marilyn Dame, the chair of the committee, felt the committee should bring back the same warrant article from last year with the gym and the geothermal heating included as part of the project.

Chip Krause, the architect on the project, pointed out that if you break out the project in phases it will cost more money down the road.

Superintendent Bill Lander pointed out that there are parts of the school that needed to be addressed now and that some action needs to be taken sooner than later.

The committee members developed a timeline and agreed that they would need to have a final version of the warrant by Dec. 14 at the latest.

The next meeting of the Buildings and Grounds Committee is on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the Alton Central School library.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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