An “outside, independent firm” will soon be calling residents in the Killeen Independent School District, asking how they feel about the proposed bond issue, according to Terry Abbott, KISD chief communications officer.
While Abbott does not know exactly who will be contacted to participate in the survey, “It will be a random, stratified sample representative of the KISD community demographics, to guarantee scientifically valid results within a margin of error, which is standard in public opinion polling,” he said.
Participants will be contacted via land line phones and cellphones, Abbott said. “Modern polling methods always make sure of cellphone numbers.”
Abbott said the survey calls should be done by Thanksgiving.
The questions to be asked as part of the survey, the number of participants to be called, and the name of the firm being hired to conduct the survey was all information Abbott did not have available when contacted on Wednesday.
Possible questions could include which projects should be included on the district’s proposed bond issue, which is tentatively scheduled for a May 5, 2018, ballot.
The bond amount could be as high as $500 million, if all projects under consideration by the district and the bond steering committee would be included. However, this district has not said what the bond amount could be.
Three new elementary schools, a middle school and a high school are listed on KISD’s Strategic Facility Plan, and could be included in the bond issue. Also on that list is a stadium, estimated to cost $50 million.
Much-needed renovations to 12 older school buildings in the district are under consideration for the bond issue. Among those renovations would be replacing 239 aging, inefficient heating and air conditioning units.
Purchasing new school buses, or retrofitting older buses with seat belts has been mentioned by Craft as another potential inclusion for the bond issue.
Abbott said the survey results will be made available to the KISD bond steering committee and the public when they are complete.
The bond steering committee’s next meeting is at 6 p.m. Thursday at East Ward Elementary School, 1608 E. Rancier Ave. It is open to the public.