The first phase of Community Engagement, the process of sharing information about the Master Facility Plan and gathering feedback from residents, took place in the spring of 2018.
A Citizen’s Task Force was convened in February 2018 to evaluate the proposals and potential funding solutions. They were asked to make a recommendation to Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Wallace about whether or not to pursue a referendum and if so, the composition of the final measure. After reviewing the research, the group agreed that moving the project forward was in the best interest of students and residents. This team included more than 40 residents from Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Niles, Glenview and Morton Grove. Participants included retirees, civic leaders and District graduates, in addition to current parents, future parents and parents of graduates. All three high schools and feeder elementary school districts were represented.
Community members were invited to tour the buildings and learn about the needs during six meetings (two per school). These April and May presentations included multiple opportunities to ask questions and offer feedback. Attendees also were invited to participate in an electronic survey. Over 215 people attended the meetings and approximately 40% participated in the survey. These responses were used to refine the plans.
Dr. Wallace also presented to many community groups and several PTOs. He is available to speak this fall to community groups about the referendum. Please contact Brett Clark for more information.
Information was sent to all registered voters in District 207 that included information about the district, the MFP, meeting dates and a mail survey.
In May 2019, the District commissioned a scientific phone poll of likely voters. Public opinion, or scientific polls, help organizations understand voter perceptions. A representative sample, a group whose demographic distribution is similar to that of the overall population, was interviewed as part of the survey.
On the phone survey, 58% of respondents indicated that they would support the $195 million ballot measure. Respondents also have District 207 overall high marks as 61% of respondents gave District 207 an A or B rating on five-point scale.
On the mailed survey, 48% of respondents indicated that they would probably or definitely vote no and 44% indicated that they would probably or definitely vote yes.