NEW ALBANY —
Getting the vote
The board also heard information on whether to meet with a consultant who specializes in referendums for school districts in Indiana.
Snyder said as the board considers pursuing a tax-neutral referendum for large building projects in the district, it was worth their while to meet with Steve Klink, a campaign manager with expertise in school board referendums.
“I think the best practice is what we see other school corporations doing,” Snyder said. “Hiring a consultant to help coach, guide, direct, lead a school board and school community through that process.”
He said Klink has helped school districts stay on the winning side of referendums with nearly 10 successful attempts. He said the initial meeting wouldn’t cost the district anything, but would give an idea of what he would do and how much he would charge.
“Every consultant’s going to turn around and ask us ‘What do you want?” Snyder said. “There’s really a very lengthy list of services that we might want or might not want. How we get there, I don’t know.”
He said whether the board decides to have Klink engage in the public relations side or getting a feel for support via phone surveys, he can at least provide an idea of what public support looks like.
Gardenour asked whether the architects who’ve helped the board on various other projects, Schmidt and Associates, could do the work Klink would. But Snyder said architects were blocked from doing that sort of consulting in the last couple of years by the state legislature.
Gardenour also asked wither other consultants would make the list for consideration. Hines said since the initial meeting was free, it was worth it to meet with Klink and see what he could offer.
“This is just a discussion with an initial person,” Hines said. “If we really like this person, maybe it’s the last one. But I think it just makes us more informed. If we want to talk to somebody else, we can kind of compare scopes and costs.”