Survey inquires about support for possible school construction

A consulting firm has begun surveying Princeton school district residents to gauge their support for a couple building projects the board may come up with – South Elementary in the near future, and the high school some other time, it appears.
The survey also includes four questions with two scenarios on how much a person would favor or oppose their taxes being raised.
Each of the above four questions lists an $85,000 property and a $152,000 property, both in the Princeton district. The variable among the four questions is the amount of property tax being raised in a year. The first question lists tax increases of $29/$80; the second lists $33/$92;the third shows $36/$100; and the fourth has $43/120.
A person can answer they are in favor, opposed or undecided, or refuse to answer.
The 35-question survey begins with seeking a person’s voter registration status, the letter grade they would give for the district’s quality of education, and what criteria they are using to base the letter grade.
Other questions ask how a person would grade the condition of classrooms, school buildings and other school facilities in the district, and whether they would favor, oppose or are undecided about the idea of a school bond referendum being run next year.
The largest number of questions pertain to scenarios for dealing with needs at the district’s South Elementary (grades K-2) and high school (9-12).
Question no. 6 states that three of the district’s schools are “old and in need of extensive renovation, and subsequent questions talk about South Elementary and the high school. The questions, according to the survey, are meant to gauge how likely a person would vote yes on a referendum on that particular school knowing certain information. The survey questions relating to South, make statements on the condition of the facility.
The questions concerning the high school get into the building’s age as well, talks about lack of space, and notes that the industrial technology classes are in sheds. Other questions regarding the high school are about access to Internet and other online resources, and raise the idea of building a new swimming pool that would be at the middle school.
It appears the questions on taxes being raised are related to how expensive a particular building project would be.
School board member Craig Johnson said at the June 25 meeting that the reason the district’s last referendum to bond for elementary school projects, was that it was asking for too much money.

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