Highline Public Schools shares results of community survey
Highline Public Schools is sharing the results of a community survey that asked the public to provide feedback on how to solve challenges have arisen due to increased student enrollment and aging buildings.
“Overall feedback shows support of the district’s initial proposal,” reads an announcement.
The online survey was conducted over four weeks in January and February and was completed by nearly 1,500 participants, including 730 Highline employees. The survey asked participants for their feedback on plans to expand school capacity and improve outdated school facilities.
“In order for our students to succeed, we must marshal the collective commitment of our entire community,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “This survey allows us to learn what our community’s priorities are as we work to ensure a high-quality educational experience for all of our students.”
Here is an overview of the results:
- 60% of all survey participants consider current crowding at elementary schools very serious.
- 8 out of 10 survey participants state some or full support for moving 6th grade from elementary to middle school.
- 7 out of 10 participants are supportive or very supportive of building a new middle school.
- 8 out of 10 participants are supportive or very supportive of building a new elementary school.
- About half of all participants are very supportive of rebuilding Des Moines Elementary School and Highline High School and repairing Evergreen Campus.
- 8 out of 10 participants are supportive or very supportive of repairing Tyee Educational Complex.
- Participants ranked “Building a new Des Moines Elementary School” as their top improvement priority.
The district will use the data to in developing solutions that address the need to provide more classrooms, allowing schools to reduce class size in grades K through 3, and to formulate a list of school construction projects that could be included in a bond measure on an upcoming ballot.
“Community support plays a critical role in the success of our learners,” Enfield added. “Together, we will deliver on our promise that every student is known by name, strength, and need and graduates prepared for college, career, and citizenship.”
To view detailed survey results, please visit www.highlineschools.org/yourvoice.