In light of those concerns, the board drew up an amendment to the policy as a compromise. It allows the schools in Guilderland to be an open public forum from 3:30 to 11 p.m. It will last from May 1 through May 20, which is the time period when the candidates will be campaigning.
On May 20, the policy expires. The following year, the topic will be brought up again. The amended policy will be reviewed, the board will determine if it was successful, and whether or not to use it again.
Though opinions were polarized, both sides agreed that campaigning on campus has never been more than a minor nuisance, and this is not a hot-button issue.
O'Connell said, "I personally don't think the policy is going to be that disruptive. Most of the kids at school aren't even old enough to vote, yet. I mean, it wouldn't make sense to target first-graders, would it?"
Dornbush said that even though it is not what he considers ideal, he stands by the board's decision.
"It's just not a big deal," he said simply. ""