WALLINGFORD — The link is live for the school district’s community survey on the future of the town’s middle and high schools.
The survey can be accessed at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WallingfordSchools
It’s available in English and Spanish. Paper copies, also in English and Spanish, can be obtained at several locations:
• Wallingford Public Library, 200 N. Main St.
• Wallingford Public Schools central office, 100 S. Turnpike Road
• Spanish Community of Wallingford, 284 Washington St.
• Wallingford Youth and Social Services, 6 Fairfield Blvd.
• Wallingford YMCA, 81 S. Elm St.
• Wallingford Senior Center, 238 Washington St.
Completed paper surveys must be returned to one of those locations by July 15, 2019.
The school district is slated to share the survey results with the Board of Education and the public on August 25, 2019.
Last month, the school board approved three survey options for middle and high school reconfiguration.
The plans, addressing the town’s two middle schools and two high schools, are based on options created by consultants Milone & MacBroom after they completed a facilities study last fall.
Old school buildings, declining enrollment and budget considerations prompted the facilities study.
Option 1: Maintain all four buildings, addressing capital needs only, at an estimated cost of $17.3 million.
Option 3: Renovate to new all four schools, including air conditioning, at an estimated town share of $117.5 million, out of $197 million.
Option 6: Create one high school at Lyman Hall High School and renovate to new with air conditioning, renovate to new with air conditioning both middle schools, at an estimated town share of $95 million, out of $174 million.
According to the online version, the survey should take between seven and 15 minutes to complete.
Questions ask survey-takers to rank the importance of factors like educational programming, facility conditions, reputation, cost and traditions, such as the high school sports rivalry.
Users are asked which option they prefer, and why they didn’t choose the other ones.
An informational video is linked in the survey. Users are able to move backward and forward in the survey and change answers.
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