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FY07 Budget Survey Results

1. To bring about the greatest improvement in schools, how would you spend funds? Please rank the following 1 through 7, with your top preference being 1.
 1234567Response Average
Improve the curriculum/
new textbooks
10% (31)15% (45)21% (65)19% (57)12% (36)13% (39)10% (32)3.88
Buy technology/upgrade
equipment
5% (14)13% (39)17% (51)19% (56)18% (54)19% (55)9% (25)4.23
Expand distance delivery
options
2% (7)6% (19)6% (19)8% (25)13% (39)17% (49)46% (137)5.59
Raise teacher salaries
11% (34)17% (55)19% (60)17% (55)18% (58)10% (32)9% (29)3.80
Hire more support staff
6% (20)30% (101)22% (74)15% (49)13% (43)10% (34)4% (12)3.43
Buy
more teaching supplies
3% (9)10% (33)13% (41)19% (61)20% (65)22% (71)13% (43)4.63
Reduce class size by
hiring more teachers
66% (227)14% (49)7% (23)4% (15)3% (9)3% (9)4% (14)1.88
Total Respondents  
362
(skipped this question)  
10

2. There are limited opportunities for certain programs. Please rank the following 1 through 5, with your top preference being 1.
 12345Response Average
Art
13% (44)23% (78)30% (100)20% (66)14% (47)2.98
Music
19% (62)26% (82)18% (59)19% (62)17% (54)2.89
Foreign Language
30% (102)15% (51)19% (64)18% (61)18% (63)2.80
Voc Ed
21% (68)20% (66)17% (56)23% (76)20% (65)3.01
PE
25% (81)16% (52)16% (53)15% (48)28% (90)3.04
Total Respondents  
361
(skipped this question)  
11

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
57% (183)12% (39)8% (24)23% (74)1.97
Decrease co-curricular
activities
17% (55)37% (119)39% (125)6% (20)2.34
Eliminate co-curricular
activities
10% (30)7% (22)20% (60)62% (183)3.34
Outsource co-curricular
activities
26% (81)37% (113)22% (67)15% (47)2.26
Total Respondents  
354
(skipped this question)  
18

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
spacer48.7%174
no
spacer28%100
Other (please specify)
spacer23.2%83
Total Respondents  
357
(skipped this question)  
15

5. Would you support school boundary changes to provide more instructional opportunities for students?
  Response PercentResponse Total
yes
spacer68.5%244
no
spacer13.5%48
Other (please specify)
spacer18%64
Total Respondents  
356
(skipped this question)  
16

6. What area do you reside in?
  Response PercentResponse Total
Homer Region
spacer46.1%164
Central Peninsula Region
spacer23%82
Seward Region
spacer30.9%110
Total Respondents  
356
(skipped this question)  
16

7. What is your age group?
  Response PercentResponse Total
13-19
spacer4.2%15
20-29
spacer7.8%28
30-39
spacer20.2%72
40-49
spacer39.2%140
50-59
spacer26.1%93
60-69
spacer2.5%9
70 and over
spacer0%0
Total Respondents  
357
(skipped this question)  
15

8. If you have children in school, through which system do your children attend school?
  Response PercentResponse Total
Public School
spacer76.6%271
Public Charter School
spacer2%7
Private School
spacer0.3%1
Home School
spacer1.4%5
No school age children
at this time
spacer19.8%70
Total Respondents  
354
(skipped this question)  
18

9. Are you an employee of the District?
  Response PercentResponse Total
yes
spacer39.3%137
no
spacer60.7%212
Total Respondents  
349
(skipped this question)  
23

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