By Rick Palsgrove
The results of a survey of Groveport Madison voters indicates the citizens say they support the schools, but feel they cannot afford higher taxes.
Burges and Burges Strategists conducted the survey of 409 respondents in 2013.
According to Groveport Madison Superintendent Bruce Hoover, the three most important items the community wants to see in the district are: more college and career readiness programs; more and better textbooks, technology and classroom equipment; and busing reinstituted at the high school.
“Community feedback is essential,” said Hoover. “Plus, we as a district need to communicate better. According to the survey, while 85 percent said they feel informed about the district, less than half of the respondents felt ‘very informed.’”
Other highlights of the survey include:
•Nearly 75 percent of the frequent voters in the district are over age 50;
•20 percent have children in Groveport Madison schools;
•50 percent say Groveport Madison is “excellent” or “good” while 33 percent say the district is “just fair;”
•Nearly 80 percent said improving the schools would have a positive impact on property values;
•a majority stated they support the schools, but cannot afford higher taxes;
•80 percent see the need for operating money as important;
•66 percent could not rate the physical condition of the high school, think it is in good condition, or it needs only minor repairs;
•a little less than 25 percent think replacing the high school is “very important;” and
•a majority of those surveyed said asking for both an operating levy and a bond issue is too large a request at this time.
Hoover said the district must find ways to get the majority of the voting base reconnected with the schools.