The Dublin City School District's latest community survey indicates a majority of those polled would support a November request for funding for new facilities and other improvements.
According to recent results, 51.5 percent of those surveyed would support a hypothetical combined bond issue, permanent-improvements and operating levy, and 41.7 percent would vote against such a measure.
The telephone survey was conducted by Fallon Research and Communications Inc. The district paid $13,000 for the survey, according to Brian Kern, the district's treasurer.
The survey sought responses to a hypothetical situation in which the district would be proposing a combined 7.9-mill funding proposal, which would theoretically cost property owners about $277 for each $100,000 of property value.
That hypothetical tax issue would support construction of a middle school and two elementary schools, expansion of the high schools, the purchase of additional technology and the hiring of additional teachers and staff, according to the survey.
A bond issue for construction of the middle and elementary schools that wouldn't increase millage, was the most popular hypothetical proposal among those polled, with 81.3 percent saying they would vote for such an issue and only 14.4 percent saying would vote against it.
The district will take into consideration information obtained from the survey along with opinions gleaned from public meetings, said Todd Hoadley, Dublin's superintendent.
"It's one more piece of what I'll call a mosaic of where the community stands," he said.
Although district officials have not determined a millage rate, they likely will bring requests for seeking a bond issue, a permanent-improvement levy and an operating levy to Dublin school board members to vote on sometime over their next three meetings, Hoadley said.
"We're going to need a funding stream for new facilities," Hoadley said.
The district is estimating new facilities to address student growth would cost a little less than $112.9 million.
District officials determined the need for two new elementary schools, a middle school and an addition to one of its high schools.
One elementary school would be on Bright Road and the other and the middle school would be located within Jerome Village.
Either Scioto or Jerome high schools would receive an addition, said Jeff Stark, the district's chief operating officer.
District officials would wait to see which school is most impacted by the new Emerald Campus building at 5175 Emerald Parkway.
The district estimates $95.08 million would be needed for infrastructure needs at the schools. Of that, $27.24 million would go toward Coffman High School, which opened in 1972.
The breakdown for high school, middle school and elementary expenses is approximately $45.6 million, $34.4 million and $14.9 million, respectively. A bond issue could cover as much as $35 million of the $95.08 million needed for permanent improvements, Kern said.
Whereas a no-new-millage bond issue would enable the district to build its new facilities and provide a revenue stream for maintaining current facilities, funding for employees to staff the new facilities would require an additional tax on district property-owners, Hoadley said.
About 300 residents participated in the district's community survey, and of that number, 67 percent said they didn't have children in the district.
The last survey was done in 2014, said Doug Baker, the school district's spokesman.
Since that survey, about the same percentage of those surveyed believe the district is generally going in the right direction -- 72.3 percent of those surveyed in 2014 and 73.9 percent in 2017.
Since that survey, the number of those polled who think the district has spent its money in an effective and responsible manner also has increased by a little more than 10 percent, to 65.5 percent.
The percentage of those surveyed who positively rate the quality of education the district provides fell just slightly, from 89.2 percent in 2014 to 85.4 percent in 2018.