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  • * The Findlay City Schools Community Attitudes SurveySaperstein Associates, Inc. | Spring 2008

  • *Introduction

  • *This research gives district residents a voice. It allows the voting public to express its opinions on myriad school-related issues and, in doing so, provides the board and the administration valuable data as planning for the districts future continues.

  • *Methodology

  • *MethodologyTelephone interviews were conducted with a random sample of 505 registered voters, all of whom live in the Findlay City School District.The interviews were conducted between May 13 and May 19, and average 17 minutes in length.The findings presented throughout this report are accurate to +/- 4.4 percentage points at the 95 percent level of confidence.The sample was developed from voting records provided electronically by the Hancock County Board of Elections and Ohios Secretary of State.

  • *GenderMale 46%46%Female 54%54%

    Age18 to 3415%14%35 to 5438%37%55 and older47%49%

    The interviews represent registered voters on several key dimensions, including gender, age, SamplePopulation

  • * jurisdiction, and households with children younger than 18. JurisdictionFindlay 1 12%11%Findlay 2 18%21%Findlay 3 9%10%Findlay 4 19%16%Findlay 5 15%15%Findlay 6 17%19%Marion 7% 5%Liberty 3% 3%

    Children < 18 35%29%*SamplePopulation*2000 U.S. Census

  • *The Value of Schools

  • *Good Schools Benefit EveryoneMore than nine out of ten voters agree that good public schools benefit everyone, not just families with school-age children.Disagree strongly1%Agree moderately22%Disagree moderately4%Agree strongly73%

  • *Strong Schools Increase Property ValuesNine out of ten voters also agree that strong schools increase property values.Disagree strongly2%Agree moderately28%Disagree moderately4%Agree strongly65%No opinion1%

  • *Declining Schools May Cause Employers to LeaveEight out of ten voters agree that when a school system begins to decline, local employers are more likely to leave the community because they find it more difficult to attract and retain qualified workers.Disagree strongly3%Agree moderately39%Disagree moderately14%Agree strongly42%No opinion2%

  • *Impressions of the Findlay Schools: Overall

  • *Impressions of the Findlay Schools: OverallFair2%Good52%Average25%Excellent15%Poor1%Two out of three voters rate the Findlay Schools excellent or good.No opinion5%

  • *Voters with no children in the Findlay Schools Impressions of the Findlay SchoolsVoters with children in the Findlay SchoolsPositive impressions of the Findlay Schools are especially common among parents of children enrolled in the schools. The difference, however, is not large.

  • *Quality of EducationImproving30%Staying the same53%No opinion9%Three out of ten voters feel the Findlay Schools are improving. Only one out of 12 feels the schools are declining.Getting worse8%

  • *Voters with no children in the Findlay Schools Findlay Schools are ImprovingVoters with children in the Findlay SchoolsAgain, positive impressions are slightly more common among parents.

  • *Impressions of the Findlay Schools: Academics

  • *Preparing students for collegeHiring and keeping highly-qualified teachersProviding for students with special needsTeaching students to be tolerantImpressions of the Findlay Schools: AcademicsMore than half the voters praise the district for preparing students for college, hiring and keeping qualified teachers, providing for students with special needs, and teaching students to be tolerant.57%60%66%73%

  • *Preparing students for the 21st CenturyPreparing students who dont go to collegeProviding personal attention45%42%40%By contrast, fewer voters praise the district for preparing students for the 21st Century, preparing students who do not go to college, and providing students with enough personal attention.Impressions of the Findlay Schools: Academics

  • *Two out of three voters feel that the balance between core subjects, such as reading and math, and other subjects, such as art and music, is just about right.The Balance Between Core Subjects and Other SubjectsAbout right68%Too little on core subjects 15%Too much on core subjects7%No opinion/other10%

  • *Four out of ten voters feel there is too much emphasis on standardized testing even though almost everyone knows that these tests are required by law.Too much41%About right40%No opinion14%Yes94%No1%Not sure5%Amount of EmphasisRequired by LawToo little5%Standardized Testing

  • *More than half the voters see the emphasis on computers and technology as appropriate; many, however, have no opinion.Emphasis on Computers and Technology for Instructional PurposesToo much3%Too little 19%About right56%No opinion22%

  • *Two out of three voters see the emphasis on sports as just about right. One out of four, however, considers it too much.Emphasis on SportsToo much25%Too little 2%About right68%No opinion5%

  • *Nine out of ten voters feel that Findlays foreign language curriculum should include Spanish. Strong interest in Asian languages may speak to a recognized need for a 21st Century education.SpanishJapaneseFrenchChineseLatinForeign Language Priorities.German*Respondents selected three languages from six listed.

  • *Impressions of the Findlay Schools: Safety and Discipline

  • *Three out of four voters praise the Findlay Schools for keeping students, teachers, and staff safe from violence. Fewer, though still a majority, praise the schools for maintaining discipline.Safety and DisciplineKeeping students, teachers, and staff safe from violenceMaintaining discipline on school property55%74%

  • *Impressions of the FindlaySchools: Planning and Fiscal Issues

  • *Half the voters praise the districts performance planning for the future. Though three out of ten may not be impressed, few are critical.Excellent10%Planning for the FutureAverage30%Fair7%No opinion11%Poor1%Good41%

  • *Half the voters also feel that the district is spending tax dollars responsibly. Here, however, slightly more are critical.Excellent10%Good40%Spending Tax Dollars ResponsiblyAverage27%Fair10%No opinion9%Poor4%

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    Eight out of ten voters feel that, in light of the education students receive, tax dollars are well spent.Agree strongly40%Agree moderately42%Tax Dollars Well SpentDisagree moderately11%Disagree strongly6%No opinion1%

  • *Impressions of the Findlay Schools: Communications

  • *Two out of five voters agree that the district communicates well with the entire community, including residents without school-age children.Excellent10%Good34%CommunicationsAverage37%Fair12%Poor3%No opinion4%

  • *All votersParentsNot parents44%52%41%Voters with children enrolled in the Findlay Schools have more positive impressions of how the district communicates, but the difference is not large.Communications: Excellent or Good

  • *Findlay CourierFriends, familyRadio73%The Findlay Courier is the most common source of information about the schools.Sources of Information About the Findlay SchoolsChildren enrolledDistrict newsletterTeachersDistrict Web site12%8%


  • *One out of three voters has been to the districts Web site during the past six months. Nearly all of those voters found it helpful.Visited the Districts Web SiteYes33%No67%Very helpful36%Somewhat helpful58%Not helpful6%

  • *Facts About the Findlay Schools: What Voters Know

  • *Only one out of five voters knows the number of students enrolled in the Findlay Schools.Smaller30%*Correct18%EnrollmentLarger9%Not sure43%*Correct = 5,000 to 7,500 (6,230)

  • *Only one voter in eight knows the number of students in the average Findlay classroom. Most believe the average is higher.Smaller1%*Correct14%Average Class SizeLarger73%Not sure12%*Correct = 15 to 20 (17.44)

  • *Half the voters know that the Findlay Schools have earned a rating of Effective from the Ohio DOE.Lower28%*Correct48%Rating by Ohio DOEHigher8%Not sure16%*Correct = Effective (2006-07)

  • *The typical voter knows only one of the three facts tested. Only one in a hundred knows all three.Three correct Two correct One correct None correct 15%38%46%1%Accuracy IndexAverage correct = 0.8

  • *The Findlay Schools:Priorities

  • *Improving the Millstream facilities Making students, teachers, and staff safer from violenceImproving the quality of teachersTwo out of three voters rate several priorities high, ...Renovating or replacing older schoolsPrioritiesInvesting more in computers and technology 69%64%64%51%47%

  • *Improving the Millstream facilities Making students, teachers, and staff safer from violenceImproving the quality of teachers however, a plurality feel that renovating or replacing older schools should be the highest priority.Renovating or replacing older schoolsHighest PriorityInvesting more in computers and technology 8%10%19%22%40%

  • *Ballot Issues

  • *Operating Levy

  • *Six out of ten voters recognize the need for an operating levy to provide money for the districts day-to-day operations.Recognize the need59%Support for an Operating LevyNow is not the time38%No opinion3%These data were collected before the current 5.9 mill levy was placed on the November 4 ballot.

  • *All votersParentsYounger than 5559%66%65%Support for a levy is strongest among voters younger than 55 and parents.Support for an Operating Levy

  • *All votersConcerned about financial f