Telephone Survey - October 2017

During the Focus 205 Phase 1 process, District 205 heard from the community the need to create a long-term master facility plan, which might include all day kindergarten. To expedite this work, D205 partnered with polling experts to help gather data that will assist in creating this plan.

Lesley Rogers and Kevin Ingham, of Strategies 360, presented the results of a recently-conducted telephone poll, which was administered to a representative sample of the community. The margin of error for a survey of 301 interviews is ±5.7% at the 95% confidence level. The poll represents one data point in this work, informing the Board regarding what the broader community thinks about offering all-day kindergarten. The poll also asked for feedback on general views about the District, funding priorities and facilities.

Strategies 360 is a full-service communications firm with a national footprint; it is a leader in helping K-12 districts engage and communicate with all stakeholders. You may access the results of the poll here.

Overall, residents are satisfied with the quality of education the children of Elmhurst are receiving and they are in favor of all-day kindergarten. But there is concern about making sure classroom sizes stay balanced across the District and that our students and classrooms have the STEM resources they need to be future ready.

The poll provides data on not only what parents think about these issues, but the larger D205 community as well. There will be several other opportunities to engage staff, families and community members. In addition to this poll, another Thought Exchange survey is planned for the spring. An advisory committee will also be convened and town hall-style meetings announced, once the draft plan is available. Stay tuned for how you can be a part of planning for the future of Elmhurst D205.

Melea Smith,
Jan 29, 2018, 11:59 AM