The CISD Administration released the 2016 Facility Planning Survey from November 30 – December 14. There were 1,165 total responses, 671 of which were Southlake taxpayers. The results of this survey were reviewed by the CISD Board of Trustees at the Board Meeting on Monday, January 9, and are now available for the public to view online at www.carrollbudget.com.
Carroll ISD conducted a non-scientific, online facility survey during a two-week period from November 30 to December 14, 2016. The goal of the survey was to give staff, parents and taxpayers an opportunity to share feedback and opinions on the projects identified by the Capital Needs Planning Committee and to obtain input on a potential 2017 bond election. Survey Monkey was used to develop a simple, online questionnaire about the identified project lists, as well as the calling of a potential bond election. Questions from previous facility planning processes/surveys were used as the foundation for the survey.
Parents and staff members were sent a link directly to the email addresses they have given CISD in Skyward Family Access. Because the district does not have email addresses for local taxpayers, an email account was set up for residents without children in schools to request a copy of the survey. CISD mailed a postcard announcing CarrollBudget.com and the survey deadline/instructions to every residential and commercial taxpayer in December. The survey link itself was not published publicly to help ensure the integrity of the process and respondent pool. The survey gives general attitudes and opinions about the project lists identified by the Capital Needs Committee, as well as input about a potential bond election in 2017.
The number of respondents the survey had is strong, especially compared to previous surveys administered regarding facility planning, some of which have had as little as 300 respondents. Only about 1/3 of the survey respondents voted in the 2009 Bond Election. Overall, smaller numbers of survey takers were familiar with the recent work and studies of the Capital Needs Planning Meeting. A large percentage of individuals stated in the survey that they would support the Trustees calling a May bond election.
“I don’t think we could have asked for better results to this survey,” said Board President Chris Archer, during Monday night’s Board Meeting. The District is still accepting input regarding Facility Planning and the potential Bond Election. Let’s Talk, a new feature on the homepage of the district website, is useful in submitting questions or concerns directly to district employees regarding these subjects.