SD2 urges community to return mill-levy surveys

2013-06-21T15:15:00Z 2013-06-22T00:20:06Z SD2 urges community to return mill-levy surveysBy ROB ROGERS rrogers@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

With School District 2 preparing to seek more than $100 million in bonds from voters this fall, officials have sent surveys to the community to gauge its response.

The survey was sent to over 2,000 registered voters and asks them their preference of voting for a $122 million bond this fall and another $38 million bond in 2015, or simply voting for the full $160 million bond this fall. 

Responses on the survey range from "certain yes" to "certain no" to "not going to vote."

As of Friday, SD2 has received 815 completed surveys. Officials mailed 2,200 surveys with 2,069 were confirmed delivered.

The district declined to set a deadline for returning surveys. Rather, officials will call the survey complete once they reach a certain percentage of returned questionnaires. They want a big enough number returned to give them statistically significant results. 

So SD2 has put out the call to any voters who received the survey: fill it out and return it. 

The survey results will dictate what the district places on the ballot this fall. 

Also on the ballot will be the sites selected for the two new middle schools the district plans to build with the bond money. Voters must approve the SD2's acquisition of land. 

The bonds will also pay for renovations at McKinley and Broadwater elementary schools and catch up on deferred maintenance at other elementary schools. 

The district’s recently completed master facilities plan calls for the construction of new schools to handle SD2's rising student population.

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