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FY08 Budget Survey Results

1. To bring about the greatest improvement in schools, how would you spend funds? Please rank the following 1 through 6, with your top preference being 1.
 123456Response Average
Improve the curriculum/new textbooks
11% (18)24% (41)26% (44)21% (35)11% (19)7% (11)3.17
Buy technology/upgrade equipment
9% (15)14% (24)25% (43)21% (36)20% (34)10% (17)3.60
Expand distance delivery options
7% (11)5% (9)7% (12)13% (22)18% (30)50% (83)4.80
Hire more support staff
14% (23)33% (56)18% (30)12% (21)14% (23)10% (17)3.09
Buy more teaching supplies
4% (7)11% (18)22% (36)25% (42)23% (39)14% (24)3.96
Reduce class size by hiring more teachers
73% (125)13% (22)3% (6)5% (8)3% (5)3% (6)1.63
Total Respondents  
172
(skipped this question)  
3

2. There are limited opportunities for certain programs. Please rank the following 1 through 5, with your top preference being 1.
 12345Response Average
Art
18% (31)18% (31)24% (42)24% (42)16% (27)3.02
Music
22% (37)29% (49)19% (33)15% (25)15% (26)2.73
Foreign Language
22% (38)18% (31)19% (33)18% (31)22% (37)2.99
Voc-Ed
34% (59)23% (40)18% (31)13% (22)12% (20)2.44
PE
25% (42)18% (31)17% (29)15% (26)25% (42)2.97
Total Respondents  
173
(skipped this question)  
2

3. Currently the general fund budget supports the co-curricular program by paying for most coaching stipends and related benefits. Please rank the following 1 through 4, with your top preference being 1.
 1234Response Average
Increase co-curricular
activities
51% (81)16% (25)11% (17)23% (36)2.05
Decrease co-curricular
activities
13% (19)32% (48)44% (66)12% (18)2.55
Eliminate co-curricular
activities
5% (7)9% (13)17% (26)69% (104)3.51
Outsource co-curricular
activities
34% (52)35% (54)19% (30)12% (19)2.10
Total Respondents  
164
(skipped this question)  
11

4. School enrollments have declined to the point where one school could be closed in the Homer, Kenai and Soldotna areas. Would you support such a school closure to provide more opportunities for students?
  Response PercentResponse Total
Yes
spacer70%119
No
spacer30%51
Total Respondents  
170
(skipped this question)  
5

5. Would you support school boundary changes to provide more instructional opportunities for students?
  Response PercentResponse Total
Yes
spacer89%153
No
spacer11%19
Total Respondents  
172
(skipped this question)  
3

6. In which general area do you reside?
  Response PercentResponse Total
Homer Region
spacer30.1%52
Central Peninsula
Region
spacer47.4%82
Seward Region
spacer22.5%39
Total Respondents  
173
(skipped this question)  
2

7. What is your age group?
  Response PercentResponse Total
13-19
spacer1.2%2
20-29
spacer9.9%17
30-39
spacer31.4%54
40-49
spacer29.7%51
50-59
spacer23.3%40
60-69
spacer4.1%7
70 and over
spacer0.6%1
Total Respondents  
172
(skipped this question)  
3

8. If you have children in school, through which system do your children attend school?
  Response PercentResponse Total
Public School
spacer55.3%94
Public Charter School
spacer4.1%7
Private School
spacer0%0
Home School
spacer4.1%7
No school age children
at this time
spacer36.5%62
Total Respondents  
170
(skipped this question)  
5

9. Are you an employee of the District?
  Response PercentResponse Total
Yes
spacer44.4%76
No
spacer55.6%95
Total Respondents  
171
(skipped this question)  
4

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