Prescott community surveys now underway
By Roger Hulne, Prescott School Superintendent
PRESCOTT—This past spring, the Prescott School Board approved a representative community survey to measure the level of support for some possible solutions to the district space needs.
Since then, the school board hired a new construction manager and architect to assist the facilities committee in developing specific plans with that community input in mind. Those parameters include design elements, tax tolerance and general understanding of the space constraints.
With a more focused building solution, the school board approved conducting a fall survey with targeted questions about the potential project. This survey is underway and will be completed in early December.
Like the spring survey, this effort will include a sample of 300 people who represent the demographics of our voters. This representation provides the district with information to assist in the final recommendation and potential referendum question.
The facilities committee will use the survey results in designing a basic layout that will consider the tax threshold of those surveyed. That consideration will include what design elements and amenities can be included in the design.
The finance committee will also use the survey results to consider financing options. They will also consider that input when developing a plan for ongoing operational expenses related to a new school building.
The school district feels it is extremely important to gather as much information from the public as possible to assure the best solution and the best value. Space needs are reaching a critical point and it is imperative that a viable and well-researched solution is put forth.
The school board will receive a recommendation from the facilities committee at the Dec. 18 regular meeting. A community forum will be held during the first full week of January to present the recommendation and address any questions from district residents. Further information on that opportunity will be available soon.