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Voter survey shows strong support for possible school bond

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POSTED January 17, 2018 1:13 a.m.

The Ripon Unified school board will meet this morning to discuss, in part, the findings of the recent Voter Opinion Survey.
The district is reviewing options in financing some long-term facility needs.
Trustees, who will meet at 11:30 a.m. in district office Conference Room, 304 N. Acacia Ave., will review the RUSD Summary of Key Findings of Voter Opinion Survey in a recent report conducted by Caldwell Flores Winters, Inc., or CFW.
According to the overview, the district directed staff to conduct a voter opinion survey of likely November voters to determine general attitudes for proposed projects and potential future funding via a general obligation bond measure.
Calls by an independent professional phone bank was conducted from Dec. 12 through Dec. 21, consisting of 300 responses.
The average survey was completed in about 10 minutes, the report said.
Most favored improved learning environment, calling for additional classrooms as a way of maintaining smaller class sizes.
The older portables would be replaced with new permanent buildings, including constructing and improving science labs and careers technical facilities.
The survey said that if an election were held today, about 62 percent would support the bond measure, with 31 percent voting no and 6.7 percent undecided for the pre-benchmark ballot question.
The post-benchmark ballot had stronger support for the bond measure (70.3 percent) with 24.7 percent against it and 5 percent being undecided.
Trustees will also go over the School Accountability Report Cards and give their OK to the new hires, Cathy McIntosh (temporary teaching assignment), Charles Gentry (substitute teacher) and Megan Hamilton (substitute teacher).
For more information, call 209.599.2131.

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