Dublin schools will survey residents on new building

The Columbus Dispatch – December 6, 1990

The Dublin school board will ask district residents what they want before asking them to pay for it.

The board voted Tuesday to survey residents on how the district should proceed in building a new high school and other matters. School officials plan to ask voters in May to approve a bond issue to pay for a new high school on 66 acres between the Scioto River and Sawmill Road.

The survey will ask whether residents approve of the site. They’ll also be asked whether students should be assigned to the school based on a geographic division of the district or grade level.

Board members also want to know whether voters would support an operating levy for the school on the same ballot as the bond issue.

The random telephone survey will be conducted by Saperstein Associates at a cost of $10,000.

In November, the board agreed that the district should have a second high school, which school officials estimate will cost $22.7 million.

The board has not set the size of the bond issue or an operating levy. Board members hope to have the survey completed by Jan. 15.

”The district has done this before, but usually we conduct our surveys after we put something on the ballot, rather than before,” said board member Sue Braden. ”We have to decide by Feb. 10 what we’re going to put on the ballot, so we’re on a pretty tight string.”