D51 Public Opinion Survey results released

D51 Public Opinion Survey results released
Posted on 06/04/2019

Grand Junction, CO– Of the 5,202 people who took the District 51 Public Opinion Survey Between May 1 and May 17, 2019, 53% said they would likely or very likely support a bond measure to rebuild Grand Junction High School and provide renovations to make Central, Fruita Monument, and Palisade high schools safer for $4.83 in property tax per month for a $200,000 home. An additional 26.4% said they were unlikely or very unlikely to vote for such a measure, and 20.6% said they were not sure. 

District 51 conducted last month’s survey to gauge public opinion of the district and see how new and proposed initiatives in the district are perceived. In addition to the question about a possible bond measure, the survey asked participants to rate the following on a scale of 1-5 stars, with 5 being the best score possible:

  • The importance ofpublic education to Mesa County’s future (average = 4.79 stars)
  • Changes to the 2019-20 calendar, including later start times, fewer weeks with days off, and moving Early Release to Fridays (average = 3.83 stars)
  • Transparency about the 2017 bond measure and mill levy override (average = 3.57 stars)
  • Public perception of D51 school staff(average = 3.66 stars)
  • Public perception of D51 overall(average = 3.3 stars)
  • Public perception of D51 Administration(average = 3.05 stars)
  • Public Perception of the D51 School Board(average = 2.95 stars)
  • Physical building conditionsat D51 schools (average = 2.7 stars) 

The district had been quoted a figure of $30,000 to have a third-party perform a survey of 200 residents. Instead, the district’s Communications Department created the survey at no cost and gathered thousands of results. The survey, which was conducted in English and Spanish online and available in paper form at school offices, was advertised on the district website and social media platforms, in the press, and through all-staff and all-parent emails in order to gather responses from as many stakeholders as possible.  

The survey received responses from people in all 15 zip codes within District 51 boundaries: 81501 (522), 81502 (36), 81503 (493), 81504 (919), 81505 (459), 81506 (424), 81507 (796), 81520 (253), 81521 (802), 81522 (3), 81523 (23), 81524 (106), 81525 (29), 81526 (215), and 81527 (64).  

Most survey-takers are working (85.7%), female (76.5%), and/or parents (66.9%). The survey was also taken by staff (20.4%), community members (10.9%), and students (>2%); men (22.5%) and other genders (>1%); retirees (6.5%), students (>2%), and unemployed people (5.4%). Most survey-takers did not graduate from D51 schools (62.5%), 10.5% are GJHS alum, 9.8% are FMHS alum, 9% are Central alum, 4.2% are Palisade alum, 1.5% are R-5 alum, and 2.4% graduated from another D51 school.

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