SURVEY SAYS COMMUNICATE
MORE INFORMATION ON DISTRICT’S FACILITY NEEDS
Results from a community-wide survey about Charles City Community School facility needs shows more information is needed before the community is ready to vote on how to proceed.
The survey was completed in December and was reviewed and analyzed by school leadership and the Charles City Community Schools board of education. The report is available on the District website.
While community members had positive things to say about the district overall, the community responses indicated the reality of the board of education shifting away from discussing facilities at the board table and focusing, the last 18 months, on teaching and student learning at high levels.
“While we know the facility needs exist, we’re also very sensitive to the current economic climate and the impact of a tax increase,” said Superintendent Mike Fisher. “It’s critical to find the right balance for our community so as a next step, we’ll be engaging the community more to listen while we remain laser-focused on the primary objective of teaching and learning.”
Below are some key takeaways from the survey responses:
Nearly 79% of respondents said they agreed or strongly agreed with the statement, "I believe the district's most urgent facility needs must be addressed now."
About 62% of all respondents indicated their potential support of a school bond if the tax impact was $9 or less per month and covering the projects outlined in the narrative portion of the survey.
Upon analyzing these results, the board of education will not place a school bond question on the ballot for March 2020. Instead, the district will engage the community into its facility needs before proposing a possible school bond. At the same time school leadership will continue to build on the gains made this year in student equity, student leadership, and student engagement.
“We thank Charles City Community Schools families for sharing their thoughts and opinions on the survey. We hear you, and want to invite you to visit our facilities”, Josh Mack Charles City Board of Education President.