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Patrons respond to school survey

December 22, 2005

A survey released earlier this month is generating more responses from Basehor-Linwood School District patrons than two previous polls, officials report.

School district administrator released 1,075 surveys to district parents in December in an effort to gauge public opinion on the future of schools. The poll, sent to all district parents, comes a month after district voters rejected a $22.9 million bond issue.

According to district officials, approximately 340 surveys have been returned to administrators. That response translates to roughly a 32 percent return rate.

Surveys have become a valuable tool for the school district during the tenure of Superintendent Jill Hackett. When crafting the bond issue proposal earlier this year, school officials polled parents and community members.

The response rate for the polls was 24 percent and 13 percent, respectively.

The latest poll asks questions along the same lines, school officials said. Hackett said the surveys ask parents for feedback regarding the last bond issue and their willingness to support a future new school construction measure.

The responses will go a long way toward helping district officials plan, in wake of last month's failed proposal.

Hackett has maintained that administrators will consider a myriad scenarios for a future bond issue. She has said that a staple of any bond plan would include a new elementary school because the district's current elementary schools already are near capacities.

School officials hoped to receive all survey responses by this week. Information gleaned from the polls will be a topic of discussion at next month's Basehor-Linwood School Board meeting. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9.

Administrators will also discuss the results with members of the District Advisory Council, which will convene three days after the school board.

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