Community survey supports facility updates

Posted November 27, 2017

Respondents to a recent community survey encouraged the Plymouth School District Board of Education to pursue a referendum to update school facilities.

About 70 percent of respondents to a recent community survey advised the School Board to pursue a referendum to update school facilities. About 62 percent said they would support borrowing $31.9 million to fund the proposed updates.

“There is strong support for this project,” survey architect Bill Foster said at a Nov. 13 Board of Education meeting.

School Perceptions, an independent Wisconsin firm with expertise in school district surveys, conducted the survey in late October and early November. All survey data was returned to School Perceptions, and all information will remain anonymous.

About 1,500 survey responses were received, which represents a very good response rate of about 20 percent, Mr. Foster said.

Survey respondents showed support for all proposed projects, especially secure entrances at all Fairview, Parkview and Plymouth High School; improved cafeteria and kitchen space and air conditioning at Fairview and Parkview; and improved science labs and health-career classrooms at PHS.

The Board of Education will factor in the survey results as it considers updates to school facilities. The existing school facilities have served the community well for generations, and the district has done an excellent job of maintaining them with its given resources. Looking toward the future, the district wants to be sure it has what it needs to continue helping all students become their best through successful learning experiences.

The survey sought guidance in three key areas identified for improvement:

  • Expanded learning opportunities for high school students
    • Remodeled Science Facilities, which are original to the building, with modernized labs to provide a strong foundation in support of the Science & Technology Center and the Food Science & Agriculture Center.
    • Enhanced Culinary Arts Kitchens to keep up with increased demand for these classes.
    • New Health Careers Curriculum, including the addition of pre-nursing and medical terminology classes, in response to expected shortages in health-care fields.
  • Better access to education, wellness and recreation for our students and community
    • Updated Physical Education Facilities, with more space for year-round, indoor activities to provide more variety for students and more opportunities for community use.
    • Improved Food Service Facilities with modern kitchen equipment and updated cafeterias.
  • Improved safety and security
    • More secure, convenient visitor access to School, District and Community Ed & Rec offices.
    • Safer traffic patterns for school buses and passenger vehicles.

Learn more:
• Visit the District Facilities Planning webpage. 
• Learn about plans to enhance the PHS science curriculum. 
• Learn about plans to enhance the PHS health careers curriculum. 
• Learn about plans to enhance the district physical education curriculum. 
• Learn about plans to enhance the Food Service facilities.