Community Input Sought as Stillwater School Board Mulls Levy Questions in November

Stillwater Area School Board members will be seeking input from the community as they begin to consider adding a funding request to the ballot this November. Would you support a levy to help fund Stillwater schools?

Stillwater Area School Board members will be seeking input from the community as they begin to consider adding a funding request to the ballot this November.

A community survey will be conducted in February to measure the attitudes and opinions of community members regarding a possible levy election this fall.

A random sample of 500 community members will be interviewed by phone as part of the survey. Results from the survey will be shared with the board in late March as they determine what to place on the ballot.

The district’s existing levy, which provides $11 million annually, will expire at the end of next school year.

Susan January 29, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Thank you for your thoughtful comment. As many here know, I have a father who is a quadriplegic and rarely leaves his home. When he feels strongly about an issue, he contacts his local representatives via email or phone and they are always willing to discuss issues with him personally. Of-course that's not realistic for the number of people that are affected by our school district decisions, but community meetings would allow elected officials to have more real contact with a larger portion of the public than a survey of a several hundred. How are those not contacted supposed to express their ideas? I have to believe that it would be very time consuming to talk to each individual by phone and/or email.
Randy Marsh January 29, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Sirid, do you feel the district is getting $15,000-$25,000 worth of bang for their buck with yet another survey? It seems like that would buy a lot of yard signs and glossy brochures.
Sirid Kellermann January 29, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Rick, as with your comments on the "white trash" shooter story, I'm not sure I understand this comment. Who's advocating yard signs and brochures? I'm saying that we need a balance of dialogue (town hall meetings etc.) and reasonably economical options to obtain feedback from the community (surveys). Yard signs and brochures don't provide either dialogue or feedback. If you have a better idea for how to engage with the district administration, we definitely need to bring it forward to them.
Randy Marsh January 30, 2013 at 01:16 AM
Not sure if you're referring to me, Sirid, but I don't use racially charged terms like "white trash", but then maybe in your circles it's considered appropriate. I was suggesting the district could spend the money on signs and brochures to try to get yes votes rather than perpetuating this dog and pony show as if it will actually make a difference in what the school board ends up requesting next fall. Public feedback shouldn't require a survey, especially when the board members showed just two years ago how much that don't value that information to begin with.
Jo Gascoigne February 05, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Are we going to see the results of the committees regarding what they are recommending before these sessions? Otherwise we are all responding from our own point of view which may result in no action on what we feel is important vs what the groups that have studied the budget are recommending. Seems the general public is in the dark about the budget given the kinds of questions that are popping up on this website...for example I would like to know how much money is used for teacher personal leave and sick leave days. How many are used each year. Personal leave days interrupt student instruction as does sick leave days. What does the district allow teachers to use sick leave days for.?? Could some of those days be pared down in much of the preventitive health care issues were taken care of on the time off during the course of the year. Shouldn't they be more restricted to more emergency type health issues? Just a thought. The cost is great when you are paying for the time off and the sub let alone the instruction issues. Do all administrators work a 12 month year when we no longer have a summer school if yes why? Just some issues that perhaps would save some money. jo


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