Feb 23, 2021 8:01 PM

Hays USD 489 approves phone perception survey

Posted Feb 23, 2021 8:01 PM

By CRISTINA JANNEY
Hays Post

The Hays school board agreed Monday to let its architectural firm, DLR, move forward with a district perception survey.

The survey would not be directly related to a bond issues, but Superintendent Ron Wilson said he thought this would be the first step in any successful bond attempt.

The survey will be conducted by phone and include 300 stakeholders in the district. The school district will be divided into four quadrants with equal representation coming from each of the four areas.

The proposed survey would ask questions about such topics as facilities, quality of education, the school board, the district's fiscal responsibility and student safety.

The district has the option of adding an online survey. Board President Mike Walker said an online survey would not be scientific, but could help further gauge public opinion.

He added he thought an online survey would help the broader community feel as if they have a chance to speak their minds.

Board member Tammy Wellbrock said via an online link she supported the survey. She said the survey would be important for the board in future decision making, as well as gauging the unknown effects of COVID on the community.

No timeline has been set for the survey, but Wilson said he thought the survey will be done in March.

There will be no initial cost to the district for the survey. The district will eventually pay DLR for its services if a bond passes.