A just completed survey conducted by the Green Bay Area Public School District, appears to show public support for big changes to address overcrowding in schools on the city’s east side.
That section of the city is growing and many public schools located there are overcrowded.
Looking for guidance from the public on how to address the issue, the district sent a link to a survey to 61,000 households.
It was an effort to gauge support for possible solutions, such as shifting school boundaries to even new construction.
Recently the school board went over the results examining data drawn from 3,000 completed surveys.
Sixty-three percent of respondents said overcrowding was the district’s most urgent need and 79 percent supported moving boundaries to address it. Seventy-six percent said they’d approve replacing Baird Elementary with a new K-5 school. And 93 percent said they would vote yes on a referendum question, if they felt it was the right solution and if their taxes wouldn’t increase.
District administrators are pleased with the results yet know they have to continue to tell their story to the public.
“That’s very important, getting out to the community and making sure people understand it,” said Andy Sarnow, chief financial officer for the school district. “That’s the biggest thing I’ve found. It’s that people have that ability, that venue to understand what is going on, what they are going to be voting on, that will be very important.”
Facilities like Preble High School are operating with roughly 200 students over capacity and others – like Baird Elementary – are no longer designed for current educational practices.
Final recommendations on how to move forward go to the School Board next week.