Evansville survey to aid in referendum discussion

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Gina Duwe
Monday, January 27, 2014

EVANSVILLE--The results of a survey arriving in district residents' mailboxes this week will help the Evansville School Board decide whether to ask taxpayers for more money through a referendum, Superintendent Jerry Roth said.

The eight-page survey will go out to all 4,200 households and gather input on programs, services, facilities, safety and security, technology, curriculum, staffing, 4-year-old kindergarten and overall satisfaction with the district.

“We have some priorities in our district that we can't manage with our annual budget,” Roth said. “We've been looking at ways in which we can make improvements and support student learning. To do that, we're going to go out to the community and say, 'What are your priorities?'”

“The results of this will guide us on whether the board will go to referendum,” he said. “We're building the case for what our needs are.”

The surveys are due back Monday, Feb. 17, and consultant Bill Foster of School Perceptions will present the results at a citizen advisory committee meeting Monday, Feb. 24. The committee will make recommendations to the school board to present at the March 12 board meeting.

The district could hold a referendum in November 2014 or April 2015, Roth said.

“We haven't had that discussion yet,” he said.

Survey questions include whether residents would support increasing taxes to provide more salary and benefits for employees, upgrading curriculum and technology, whether a police liaison officer should be hired and whether the middle school built in 1921 should be renovated or replaced.

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