Dublin Villager

Poll: Residents support school district's direction

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Dublin City Schools is doing its job well, according to residents surveyed in June.

Last week, Dublin Board of Education members got the results of a survey conducted June 23-26 among 401 registered voters who live in the school district in Franklin, Delaware and Union counties.

The survey, conducted by Fallon Research & Communications, called voters using cellphone numbers, said company President Paul Fallon.

"It was done by live, trained interviewers," he said. "These are data gatherers."

The survey was conducted among people who are representative of the district population in age, race and gender, Fallon said.

All in all, Fallon said, the district is doing well in the eyes of the community.

When asked if the district was going in the right direction, 72 percent of those surveyed said yes.

"That's an exceedingly high number," Fallon said, adding that surveys in 2004, 2008 and 2012 asked the same question and got a similar response. "That suggests that sentiment is not only high, but consistent."

While residents are pleased with the district, they value education and think there's always room for improvement, Fallon said.

Asked what priorities for the district should be, 39 percent of respondents said improving the quality of education should be a top priority. Other top priorities included preventing an increase in school spending and keeping class sizes from getting too big.

Many respondents placed a high emphasis on arts and culture over core subjects, and moral character over high test scores, survey results showed.

When asked about a preference for traditional teaching or technology in the classrooms, 58 percent chose traditional teaching methods.

Of residents surveyed, 44 percent favored increasing the amount of technology in the classroom, while 43 percent were opposed.

When it comes to increasing technology in the classroom to reduce costs, however, 63 percent were in favor.

Many respondents, 78 percent, said they favored increasing the number of online classes, especially for subjects not already offered.

"You've got a very forward-thinking community here," Fallon said.

When it comes to managing funds, the district also does fairly well in the eyes of the community, Fallon said.

When asked to rate the job Dublin City Schools does on spending, 55 percent of those surveyed rated the district's job as very good or good, 28 percent said fair and 8 percent said poor or very poor.

"It's nice to know how we feel about Dublin City Schools is confirmed," board President Lynn May said.

Doug Baker, coordinator of public information, said the survey results would be used in talks with the community and discussed with teachers.

"This represents community values," he said.

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