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Results from the 2017-18 online budget survey Your Voice Matters image

Feb. 24, 2017—From February 2-13, over 1,000 people, comprised of community members, district employees and high school students participated in an online survey that asked how additional funds in the school’s 2017-18 budget should be used. There are more proposals to consider than the district is likely able to afford, so participants were asked to weigh in and share whether they thought the items were "essential to the district's mission," "very important," "good to have, but not essential," or "not important to the district's mission."

The survey was accompanied by a specific list of all the significant potential changes within each area. The list contained a brief description of those changes, the costs or savings associated with them, the impact those changes will have on staffing, and the impact those changes are likely to have on students.

Budget survey by-the-numbers

1037 total participants

arrow bullet809 school community members

arrow bullet612 school district residents
       454 parents with currently enrolled students

arrow bullet352 district employees
      66 percent surveyed were teachers
      66 percent have worked in the district for 10+ years

arrow bullet228 Guilderland High School students
     Grade 9: 54
    
Grade 10: 42
    
Grade 11: 61
    
Grade 12: 71

Highest priorities (items indicated to be "essential to the district's mission"):

386 of survey responders selected safe, secure buildings as their highest priority, followed by,
Support for struggling students (325)
Maintaining safe, efficient transportation (293)
Support for students' social and emotional growth (288)
Support for students with disabilities in inclusive learning environments (255)
Support for up-to-date technology (234)
Smaller class sizes (222)
Support for The Arts (189)
Expanded elective opportunities for students at the high school (164)

Top 3 Budget Priorities for Residents:

Maintaining safe, secure buildings (56%)
Academic support for struggling students (52%)
Support for students' social/emotional growth (47%)

Top 3 Budget Priorities for Parents:

Maintaining safe, secure buildings (59%)
Academic support for struggling students (52%)
Maintaining safe, efficient transportation (46%)

Top 3 Budget Priorities for Students:

Maintaining safe, secure buildings (78%)
Maintaining safe, efficient transportation (51%)
Expanded elective opportunities for high school students (49%)

Top 3 Budget Priorities for Employees:

Academic support for struggling students (59%)
Support for students' social/emotional growth (59%)
Smaller class sizes (57%)

arrow bulletVIEW THE FULL COMMUNITY SURVEY RESULTS HERE (PDF)
arrow bulletVIEW THE FULL STUDENT SURVEY RESULTS HERE (PDF)

*If you have difficulty using or accessing the full results of the survey, please don't hesitate to contact our communications office at 456-6200, ext. 3115 and we will be happy to assist you.

 

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