DOWNERS GROVE – Community High School District 99 appears to be making the grade.
That’s one thing the district learned from responses to a recent telephone survey that was primarily designed to gauge residents’ interest in the proposed master facility plan.
“The goal of this is also community engagement,” Superintendent Hank Thiele said at the Nov. 20 Board of Education meeting. “It’s not just the master facility plan. We want to use this also as a tool to figure out how we better reach out to our community, what our community thinks of District 99.”
The results were favorable.
Seventy-six percent of respondents to the phone survey gave the district a letter grade of A or B.
“We have been told that that is very strong, that it is unusual to have something that strong," Thiele said.
Additionally, 73 percent of those surveyed said they are confident in how the district spends taxpayer money.
Thiele shared a summary of the phone poll results with school board members, who will get a more extensive presentation at the Dec. 4 meeting.
“Bring some coffee because you’re going to be here for a while to go into full detail around all of these survey results from the phone poll and the mailed survey," Thiele said. "Stay tuned for lots of data on Dec. 4.”
He said he will give his recommendation for the master facility plan at the Dec. 4 meeting.
The district’s citizen task force also will meet Nov. 30 to weigh in on the survey results, Thiele said.
Board members did not comment on the phone poll results at the meeting.
The results of the telephone survey also showed strong support for the district's full master facility plan.
Sixty-one percent of those surveyed by phone were in favor of the district's full capital improvement plan while 28 percent were opposed. Thirty-two percent responded to the proposal with a "definite yes," district Communications Director Jlll Browning previously said. Twenty percent of respondents offered a "definite no" when asked about the full plan.
Asked about the partial plan, 64 percent were in support and 29 percent were opposed, the results stated. Thirty-three percent responded with a "definite yes," and 15 percent offered a "definite no" to the plan.
“So the initial feedback is strong about doing something around master facilities for the community," Thiele said.
He added the gap between those who favored and those who opposed the plan is also telling.
“It makes it a stronger 'yes' because the 'nos' are under 30 percent," Thiele said. "The larger the spread between the definite 'yeses' and the definite 'nos' tells you how strongly the community is one way or the other.”