Parent Survey Results

2013 NORTHSIDE ISD BOND PARENTS ONLINE SURVEY:  CUMULATIVE RESULTS

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INSTRUCTIONS:  NISD has commissioned Raymond Turco & Associates, a public opinion research firm, to conduct a bond awareness survey of parents in the district.  This survey is your opportunity to comment on issues relating to student growth, overcrowding, and options available to the district.  Please help us by accessing the web site and answering this questionnaire. Thank you very much for your cooperation in this matter.  Please check only one box for each response, unless asked to “check all that apply.”

 

In order to participate in this survey, you must first verify that you have a child or children in a school or schools in the Northside ISD.  Please enter one of your child’s Student ID# at this time.  The S# can be located on your child’s report card, on the student’s ID badge or you may call the campus to find out the S#.  If you have multiple children, just pick one of their student ID numbers to access the survey.  (After three tries:  Your ID code was not accepted to be part of the survey.  Thank you.) 

1. Check the box that best identifies the gender of the primary person responding to this survey:

                                               Male . . . . . . . . .19%

                                                    Female . . . . . . . .81%

 

2.  Check the box that best describes how satisfied or dissatisfied you are with the quality of public schools in the Northside ISD?

                                                    Very satisfied . . . .40%

                                                    Satisfied  . . . . . .53%

                                                    Dissatisfied . . . . . 6%

                                                    Very dissatisfied  . . 1%

 

3.  How long have you lived in the Northside ISD  Check the appropriate box:

                                                    Less than five years .31%

                                                    6 - 10 years . . . . .28%

                                                    11 - 20 years  . . . .25%

                                                    Over 20 years  . . . .16%

                                                    Decline to answer. . . 1%

 

4.  During the time you have lived here, do you think the quality of education provided by the Northside ISD has improved, stayed the same or declined?

                                                    Improved . . . . . . .43%

                                                    Same . . . . . . . . .49%

                                                    Declined . . . . . . . 8%

 

5.  In which school or schools does your child or children attend?  Check all the boxes that apply.  

Clark High School (9%), Blattman Elementary, Aue Elementary, Rawlinson Middle, Garcia Middle, Leon Springs Elementary, Brandeis High School, Holmes High School, and Taft High School (each 4%), O’Connor High School, Carson Elementary, Henderson Elementary, Hobby Middle, Jay High School, Stevenson Middle, Warren High School, Health Careers High School, May Elementary, and Nichols Elementary (3% each),,,, (106 campuses had responses)

 

6.  Please read the following items, which address issues which may or may not be critical to your school district.  For each statement, please check the box that best describes how strongly you agree or disagree that this issue is critical to your school district. 

                                               SA      A      D      SD

a) Constructing new schools to meet            52%    39%     7%      2%

   expanding student enrollment

b) Constructing additions at campuses in       50%    38%     9%      2%

   order to reduce the use of portables  

c) Keeping technology in schools current       77%    20%     2%      1%

   and up to date

d) Improving school safety and security        75%    21%     4%      1%  

 

7.  In 2010 voters in your school district voted to approve $535 million in bond funds for new schools, renovations and technology.  Do you recall voting in that election and if so, did you vote on Election Day or during Early Voting?  Check the appropriate box:

                                                    Election day . . . . .17%

                                                    Early voting . . . . .30%

                                                    Didn't vote  . . . . .32%

                                                    Don't remember . . . .21%

 

8.  How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with how the district has undertaken the following issues.  Please check the appropriate response box.

                                               VS      S      D      VD

a) Addressed student growth                    21%    65%    12%      2%

b) Communicated with district residents        20%    61%    17%      3%

c) Implemented security systems to keep        18%    59%    19%      4%

   children safe

d) Planned for the future                      20%    63%    14%     14%

e) Maintained current facilities               23%    65%     9%      2%

f) Addressed the student needs of              15%    65%    17%      3%

   the entire district

g) Done what they said they would do           16%    70%    11%      3%

 

9.  To meet future student needs, the district is studying the possibility of holding a bond election in 2014.  The board has not called for a bond election, nor has any financial amount been finalized.  However, recall that in 2010, voters approved $535 million.  For each amount, please check the box that best describes how likely or unlikely you would you be to vote for a bond election in that dollar range.  Please check one box for each amount, regardless of you being likely or unlikely. 

                                               VL      L      U      VU

a) Under $500 million                          42%    35%    12%     11%

b) $500 - $550 million                         33%    41%    13%     13%

c) $550 - $600 million                         27%    36%    21%     16%

d) $600 - $650 million                         20%    25%    32%     23%

e) Over $650 million                           18%    16%    30%     36%

 

10.  The package being studied would be adequate to meet the needs of the district for the next several years.  How strongly would you support or oppose funds being allocated for the following items. For each, please check the appropriate response box. 

                                               SS      S      O      SO

a) Build new schools to meet expanding         53%    38%     6%      3%

   student enrollment

b) Build classroom additions at campuses       56%    38%     5%      2%

   in order to provide comparable programs

   at all campuses

c) Replace roofs at older campuses             50%    47%     3%      1%

d) Provide modern computer technology          70%    27%     3%      1%

   and support for teachers and students

e) Improve safety and security measures        71%    25%     3%      1%

   at school campuses

f) Provide air conditioning for boys &         45%    43%    10%      2%

   girls locker rooms at all secondary schls

g) Construct a centralized staff               31%    43%    19%      7%

   training/professional development center 

h) Purchase land for future schools            37%    48%    11%      4%

 

11.  If an election were held today, how strongly would you support or oppose a bond election in the range of $600 million to fund new school construction, classroom additions, a centralized staff training/professional development center, school renovations and classroom technology and safety?

                                                    Strongly support . . .35%

                                                    Support  . . . . . . .39%

                                                    Oppose . . . . . . . .11%

                                                    Strongly oppose  . . . 7%

                                                    Undecided  . . . . . . 9%

 

12.  A significant portion of the proposed bond program would be used to finance new schools.  How strongly would you support or oppose a bond election to fund new schools?

                                                    Strongly support . . .38%

                                                    Support  . . . . . . .40%

                                                    Oppose . . . . . . . . 8%

                                                    Strongly oppose  . . . 6%

                                                    Undecided  . . . . . . 7%

 

13.  Funds would also be used to construct classroom additions and replace roofs and air conditioning units at older schools.  How strongly would you support or oppose this item if placed before voters in a bond election?

                                                    Strongly support . . .51%

                                                    Support  . . . . . . .44%

                                                    Oppose . . . . . . . . 4%

                                                    Strongly oppose  . . . 1%

 

14.  In the last two bond elections, voters approved funds to air condition all elementary (2004) and secondary (2007) school gyms. However, boys and girls locker rooms in secondary schools are not air conditioned.  How likely or unlikely would you be to approve bond funds to air condition all boys and girls locker rooms at the district’s 29 secondary schools, at a cost of approximately $22 million dollars?

                                                    Very likely  . . . . .35%

                                                    Somewhat likely  . . .43%

                                                    Somewhat unlikely  . .16%

                                                    Very unlikely  . . . . 6%

 

15.  Workshops and other training programs are required for staff as a way to improve their skills and knowledge.  Training currently takes place at the Northside Activity Center (NAC), but that facility is now too small to meet the increased number of staff requiring training.  The district is considering constructing a centralized staff training/professional development center to relieve overcrowding and to provide a specific use facility.  The estimated cost for a facility of this nature would be $8 million dollars.  How strongly would you support or oppose this item if placed before voters in a bond election?

                                                    Strongly support . . .30%

                                                    Support  . . . . . . .43%

                                                    Oppose . . . . . . . .19%

                                                    Strongly oppose  . . . 8%

 

16.  Several items proposed for the bond package address district wide needs.  How likely or unlikely would you be to support the following items?  For each,

For each, please check the appropriate response box. 

                                                VL    L     U     VU

a) Purchase new buses to replace older models   37%  47%   13%     3%

b) Replace playground equipment at several      39%  47%   11%     3% 

   elementary schools

c) Technology enhancements and improvements     63%  32%    3%     2%

   throughout the district

d) Modernization of schools throughout the      51%  40%    7%     2%

   district, including window replacement,

   improved access, better lighting and

   other improvements

 

17.  How likely or unlikely would you be to support a bond election based on the following facts? For each, please check the appropriate response box.

                                                       VL    L     U    VU

a) Around 2,500 new students enrolled in the           49%  40%    8%    3%

   district last year, the equivalent of four

   elementary schools or two middle schools or one

   large high school. 

b) Projected tax rate increases to pay off the         30%  42%   21%    7%

   2010 bond debt are below projections

c) Classroom computer technology becomes               49%  40%    8%    2%

   out-dated in five years or less

d) Projects in the 2010 bond package are ahead of      42%  45%   10%    3%

   schedule and under budget

e) The district must continue to replace roofs on      49%  46%    4%    1%

   older campuses to extend the life of the  

   building and protect taxpayer investment 

f) Northside schools are projected to grow by          47%  42%    8%    2%

   around 2,500 new students each year for the

   foreseeable future.

 

18.  Please read the statements below.  Check the appropriate response box that best describes how strongly you agree or disagree with each.

                                                     SA     A      D      SD  

a) I will support a bond election because we         48%   41%     8%      3% 

   must address student growth

b) I will not support the bond election because      10%   16%    54%     20%

   I don't want my taxes increasing

c) Students need to learn with the most              54%   35%     9%      2%

   current technology

d) I will not support a bond election because I      12%   23%    48%     17%

   believe $600 million is too much money

e) I will support a bond election because            24%   50%    21%      5%

   construction costs are low and we can get

   more for what we spend

f) I will support the bond election because the      24%   57%    15%      4%

   district has done a good job implementing the

   2010 bond program and prior bond programs

g) I will support the bond package if all parts      37%   50%    10%      3%

   of the district see improvement

h) I will support the bond package because the       20%   48%    27%      5%

   increase in taxes projected from the 2010 bond

   never materialized.

i) I will support the 2014 bond package because I    55%   36%     7%      2%

   believe that school safety and security are

   important.

j) I will support the bond package because I         24%   41%    23%     11%

   believe the district needs a centralized 

   staff training/professional development center

 

19. If a bond election is held and approved by voters, your taxes may increase.  Would you be willing to support a bond package in which your tax bill might increase an average of $12 per month or $144 per year for the years 2015 through 2020, based on the average value of a home in NISD ($164,615)?

                                                    Yes  . . . . . . . . .69%

                                                    No . . . . . . . . . .16%

                                                    No opinion . . . . . .15%

 

20. Now after reading the information presented over the course of the survey, if you were voting today, how strongly would you support or oppose a bond election in the range of $600 million to fund new schools, classroom additions, school renovations and modernizations, a centralized staff training/professional development center, and classroom technology and safety?

                                                    Strongly support . . .35%

                                                    Support  . . . . . . .38%

                                                    Oppose   . . . . . . . 9%

                                                    Strongly oppose  . . . 7%

                                                    Undecided  . . . . . .11%

 

21.  Check the appropriate box that best describes the age groups in which you would come under?

                                                    Less than 25 . . . . . 1%

                                                    26 - 35 years  . . . .21%

                                                    36 - 45 years  . . . .49%

                                                    46 - 55 years  . . . .23%

                                                    56 - 65 years  . . . . 3%

                                                    Over 65 years  . . . . 1%

                                                    Decline to answer . . .2%

 

VOTING HISTORY OF THE SAMPLE

                                          In original phone sample . . . . 5%

                                          Voted but not in phone sample  .46%

                                          Non voter since 2009 . . . . . . 9%

                                          Registered to vote but outside . 1%

                                           Of district

                                          Non matched  . . . . . . . . . .40%

 

GRADE LEVEL OF RESPONDENT’S CHILDREN

                                                        Elementary . . . .42%

                                                        Middle . . . . . .25%

                                                        High school  . . .30%

                                                        Special school . . 3%

 

Thank you for participating in this very important project.  Your assistance will help the district in better understanding the issues from the perspective of parents.