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School Facility Survey 2010

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Franklin Public Schools Facilities Planning Community Survey Report Fall 2010

Prepared by

School Perceptions
November 2010

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Table  of  Contents  
  Overview ......................................................................................................................................3   Demographic Summary .............................................................................................................5   Communications .........................................................................................................................7   Middle School ..............................................................................................................................8   High School ..................................................................................................................................8   High School Upgrades ................................................................................................................9   Funding Options ........................................................................................................................11  

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Overview
The survey was conducted for the Franklin Public Schools during the fall of 2010 by School Perceptions.

Survey Methodology: The survey was administrated and results were compiled using

School Perceptions’ proprietary software. Each household was mailed a paper version of the survey which included an invitation letter containing a unique 16-digit alphanumeric survey access code. The code allowed people to respond online and ensured that every potential respondent had the opportunity to take the survey once but that no respondent took the survey multiple times. Respondents without access to the Internet along with those who were uncomfortable taking the survey online were given the opportunity to complete a paper version of the survey. Paper surveys were mailed directly to School Perceptions for data entry. At the time of writing this report, 1796 paper surveys had been processed.

Sample Size/Report Format: The size of the respondent group in this data set is very
good. At the time the report was written, 3,078 respondents had responded to the survey. The margin of error for all respondents answering the survey questions is approximately plus or minus 1.8%.

The representative nature of the survey results was good. As of 2000, the census data indicated that about 13% of the population was 65 or older. In this report, senior citizens were represented by 20% of the survey respondents. To help discern patterns and eliminate potential bias, this report segmented results into the following subgroups: • All Respondents • Resident Parents • Resident Non-Parents • Staff

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Significant Findings: The survey produced a return rate of more than 20% of the

households of the Franklin community. This response rate was above average for a community with over 10,000 households and is a good representation of the entire community. The survey had two purposes. Primarily, the school district desired to receive community feedback on how best to evaluate and prioritize potential solutions to address aging school facilities. The results in these areas were: • 65% of all respondents would like the district to do something at this time. • 47% of all respondents would be likely to support a referendum to help the district update/expand facilities and 19% were not sure. • Respondents favored remodeling the existing high school over building new. • Respondents favored renovating and expanding the current middle school over building new. • Respondents were split over planning priorities in terms of if the middle school or high school needs were more important. • The ultimate cost of the project was also a significant concern. Secondarily, the district wanted to receive feedback on which high school upgrades were most important. While none of the items receive majority support by all respondents, there were some items that appeared to be more important than others. Specifically: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 41% supported upgraded Outdoor Physical Education & Athletic Space 40% supported a new performing arts auditorium 39% supported a new swimming pool 32% supported a new community center 27% supported new indoor physical education & athletic space

Overall: The survey results will provide the Franklin Public Schools with a good data set

from which to inform the budget process. It is important to note that this survey tool should be one of many factors influencing the direction the district chooses to take as it navigates the strategic planning process.

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Demographic Summary: All Respondents
What is your age? 18 - 25 26 – 35 36 - 45 46 - 55 56 - 64 65 and older Response 1% 10% 21% 27% 21% 20% How long have you lived in the School District? Less than one year 1 - 5 years 6 - 10 years 11 - 20 years More than 20 years Do not live in the district Response 3% 15% 17% 28% 30% 8%

Do you own your current residence? Yes No

Response 94% 6%

Did you attend the Franklin Public Schools? Yes No

Response 9% 91%

Are you employed by the Franklin Public Schools? Yes No

Response 9% 91%

Do you have children that previously attended or grandchildren who attend Franklin Schools? Yes No

Response 39% 61%

Do you have children younger than elementary school-age? Yes No

Response 12% 88%

Do you have school-aged children? Yes No

Response 35% 65%

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If "yes", which schools do your children attend? (Multiple responses could be made) Franklin High School Forest Park Middle School Robinwood Elementary Private/Parochial School Pleasant View Elementary Ben Franklin Elementary Country Dale Elementary Southwood Glen Elementary Public School Outside of District Home Schooled

Response 27% 19% 10% 8% 8% 7% 7% 7% 6% <1%

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Communications
How do you currently receive information regarding School District issues? (Multiple responses could be made)
All (3027) Resident Parents (961) Resident Non-parents (1803) Staff (258)

District mailings School District newsletter Local newspapers District web site Friends or neighbors Teachers From my children School Administration Attend meetings at schools Other School District staff PTO/PTA School Board meetings Other Booster clubs

55% 48% 45% 25% 23% 19% 16% 15% 8% 8% 7% 4% 3% 2%

63% 59% 37% 49% 38% 41% 43% 28% 19% 7% 18% 5% 3% 5%

54% 42% 51% 9% 17% 4% 2% 4% 1% 4% <1% 2% 3% 1%

50% 71% 38% 75% 20% 56% 13% 68% 26% 55% 14% 15% 3% 5%

Do you use any of the following forms of social media?
All Resident Parents Resident Non-parents Staff

Facebook Instant Messaging LinkedIn YouTube Blogs Other Twitter Wikis

35% 16% 13% 12% 7% 7% 5% 7%

51% 18% 20% 22% 10% 2% 8% 9%

26% 9% 10% 12% 5% 4% 3% 3%

45% 14% 7% 31% 8% 2% 9% 40%

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Middle School
What advice would you provide the Board in terms of the best middle school option at some point in the future?
All Residents Resident Parents Resident Non-parents Staff

Renovate and expand the current middle school Build a second middle school and renovate Forest Park Renovate the current high school into a middle school None of the above

36% 9% 17% 38%

37% 10% 31% 22%

35% 9% 9% 47%

31% 20% 38% 11%

High School
What advice would you provide the Board in terms of the best high school option at some point in the future?
All Residents Resident Parents Resident Non-parents Staff

Renovate the existing high school Build a new high school None of the above

39% 21% 41%

42% 35% 23%

36% 13% 51%

38% 50% 12%

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High School Upgrades
Outdoor Physical Education & Athletic Space: The study identified the need to upgrade outdoor athletic areas to improve physical education programming and provide additional space for practice, tennis courts and game fields. The existing track has only 6 lanes which is inadequate to host competitive events. Would you support updating the outdoor high school physical education and athletic space at an estimated cost of $3 million?
All Residents Resident Parents Resident Non-parents Staff

Yes No Not sure

41% 45% 14%

59% 28% 13%

32% 54% 14%

70% 19% 12%

Performing Arts: Currently the high school does not have an auditorium for concerts, lectures or plays. Students perform in a multi-purpose room which has a flat floor, poor acoustics and low seating capacity, making audience viewing difficult. Planning models recommend a 950seat auditorium for a high school of our size. Would you support adding an auditorium at the high school at an estimated cost of $15 million?
All Residents Resident Parents Resident Non-parents Staff

Yes No Not sure

40% 46% 14%

57% 29% 14%

30% 56% 14%

75% 16% 9%

Swimming Pool: The high school swimming pool does not currently meet WIAA standards for depth or length and is not adequate to host competitive events. Would you support updating the high school swimming pool at an estimated cost of $2 million?
All Residents Resident Parents Resident Non-parents Staff

Yes No Not sure 9

39% 46% 14%

55% 31% 15%

28% 58% 14%

66% 22% 12%

Community Center: The Franklin Community lacks the space to accommodate the interest in youth sports and group activities. Adult recreation, education and social networking spaces are also limited. Through a partnership with the City of Franklin, a Community Center could be attached to the high school, providing a fitness center, meeting space and an activity pool for community use. The cost is not known at this time. Conceptually, would you support the District partnering with the City to add a community center to the high school?
All Residents Resident Parents Resident Non-parents Staff

Yes No Not sure

32% 47% 21%

46% 35% 19%

24% 54% 22%

56% 22% 22%

Indoor Physical Education & Athletic Space: The study identified the need to add indoor athletic space to improve physical education and competitive athletic programming. The study recommends adding an additional gymnasium space and an indoor track. Would you support adding indoor high school physical education and athletic space at an estimated cost of $14.4 million?
All Residents Resident Parents Resident Non-parents Staff

Yes No Not sure

27% 56% 17%

45% 37% 17%

17% 66% 16%

52% 28% 20%

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Funding Options
Would you likely support a referendum to help the District update and expand facilities? Yes No Not sure
All Residents Resident Parents Resident Nonparents

47% 34% 19%

68% 19% 13%

35% 42% 23%

To create the next chart, it was assumed that any respondent supporting a referendum for larger amount would also support a referendum for a smaller amount. Therefore, the chart adds the percentage from the subsequent cell. If “yes”, how much of a tax increase would you be willing to support through a referendum assuming the projects included were acceptable to you? $286 annually $220 annually $154 annually $88 annually $28 annually Not sure

All Residents

19% 27% 47% 77% 90% 10%

Priorities: Overall, what advice would you provide the Board in terms of facility planning priorities? Do nothing at this time Address our middle school needs first Address our high school needs first Implement a comprehensive plan that addresses all needs

All Residents

Resident Parents

Resident Nonparents

35% 10% 13% 42%

18% 8% 21% 53%

46% 11% 9% 34%

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