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Survey Shows Support for District

As part of continued efforts to hear from the community on what it values and expects from its schools, ISD 728 School Board members received results of a random sample scientific phone survey of the community that was conducted in April 2019. Specifically, this survey was designed to assess support and tax tolerance for specific needs and Strategic Plan priorities as identified by the district and the Strategic Planning groups. The complete report on the survey can be found in the board packet from April 22, which can be found here:


The survey indicated continued strong community support for the district in terms of educational quality, staff, academic programs and financial management – and the community’s perceptions align with the Strategic Plan’s values. In fact, two-thirds of respondents would be willing to support a tax increase to maintain their investment in the district.


“The support the community shows for our staff, our students and our schools is unlike anything I’ve seen in any of the districts I’ve worked in up to this point,” said Superintendent Dan Bittman. “That’s a credit to the quality of the work done here and we’re only going to get better.”


Areas most important to residents, according to the survey, include:

  • Support for struggling students
  • Class size
  • Support for students social-emotional and mental health
  • Addressing deferred maintenance on district schools
  • Career and technical education programs
  • Creating flexible learning spaces


Residents are aware of the need for more space due to continued enrollment growth in ISD 728. They also recognize there are budget needs to address inadequate state funding and the ability to provide innovative and equitable learning environments for students.


Some highlights:

  • 88% rate the quality of an ISD 728 education as excellent or good.
  • 90% believe they receive a good value from their investment in public schools.
  • 84% trust the School Board and Administration to do what is right for children.
  • 45% believe ISD 728 is adequately funded, while 44% do not.
  • 70% believe housing growth will continue - and 59% don’t think the school district has enough room to accommodate that growth.