On Tuesday, May 21, residents of the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District will vote on a proposed $38,074,070 budget for the 2019-20 school year and a proposition to purchase school buses, and elect one person to the Board of Education. Before they leave the polling area, voters will be encouraged to fill out an anonymous exit survey that district leaders say will provide concrete data to help them make decisions about the district in the future.
The 10-question exit survey is designed to capture voters’ opinions about the proposed budget, district leadership, and the quality of education at Broadalbin-Perth.
“The Board of Education takes the results of this survey very seriously, so we encourage all voters to complete it,” said Superintendent of Schools Stephen Tomlinson.
May 21 will mark the 11th year that Broadalbin-Perth has asked voters to complete an exit survey following the budget vote. In the past, participation rates have ranged from 17 to 40% of actual voters.
“It’s very important that voters take the time to complete the exit survey,” Tomlinson said. “The data that we collect through the exit survey better reflects our community’s views when a greater percentage of voters fill it out. No matter what your opinions are, we want to hear from you.”
Voters will have a chance to complete the exit survey after they cast their ballots. Surveys will be available near the exit at both polling locations. As in years past, voters will have a choice of filling out the survey electronically on a provided laptop computer or by hand on a paper version of the survey.
Polls will be open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 21, at the middle school and high school gymnasiums. For more information, visit the district website or call the district office at 518-954-2501.