Park Hill patrons want more technology instruction for students and they may be willing to pay more in taxes to receive it — this was the message received by the Board of Education last week when it heard the results of the 2013 patron survey. The annual survey samples 400 randomly-selected, head-of-household patrons. This year, an additional group of 40 families that participated in the Future Learners Project (FLiP) pilot program were also surveyed.
“The results suggest the presence of a satisfied patron population that generally supports the ideas being considered for a potential ballot issue, but that is somewhat cautious when the tax implications are presented for consideration,” states the executive summary report.
Of those surveyed, 62-percent said they favored a ballot issue to support technology instruction. There are, however, limits on what people are willing to pay. According to the survey, 49-percent of respondents supported a $140 annual increase in taxes, with 50-percent supporting a $115 increase and 53-percent supporting a $90 increase.