43% favor building new schools in Shawnee


By Sam Shriver - sshriver@limanews.com



SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — More than 40 percent of those surveyed would support the building of a new high school and middle school in the Shawnee School district, according to the Shawnee School board.

The survey, released Tuesday night, showed 43.5% of those surveyed backed the building of a new high school and middle school. The second preference, renovating the buildings came in at 20%, while 18% of people questioned wanted things to remain as is.

More than 700 Shawnee district residents responded to the online survey.

“The board was very pleased with the survey results,” said Clay Balyeat, board president. “Last spring we decided to take a step back and let voters tell us what they felt were the most pressing issues for the school district. They have spoken clearly and now we can proceed accordingly.”

Superintendent James Kanable said the results were affirming.

“This is how a successful process is supposed to work. You ask the stakeholders what they want and you get to work trying to fulfill their wishes. Moving forward the board will take the next steps to do their own due diligence to implement to implement the findings of the survey,” said Kanable.

The survey also revealed nearly 83% of respondents were highly satisfied or satisfied with the overall quality of the school district.

When asked to rank areas of importance, residents said their number one priority was the quality of the teaching staff followed by safety and security, technology and mental health.

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By Sam Shriver

sshriver@limanews.com

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