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Schools get encouraging results from levy survey

The results from a survey of 250 interviews in the Central Kitsap area are in and the school district is pleased because, according to the survey, local voters are pleased with the school district.

“Central Kitsap residents are impressed with our district,” said superintendent Greg Lynch when he presented some of the results to the school board of directors Wednesday.

Perhaps the most exciting numbers were under the voter intent question. When Conkling Fiskum & McCormick (CFM), the research company heading the survey, asked the responders whether they would vote to renew the school support levy for another four years at its current rate, 77 percent said they would vote for such a measure.

But the superintendent was quick to forewarn against preemptive celebrations when he cited positive community feedback like this.

Lynch said a CFM official told him, “ ‘This doesn’t mean you stop what you’re doing.’ ”

Even though the voter intent margin was 8 percentage points higher for Central Kitsap than the state where 69 percent of those surveyed said they would vote for a levy, the question CFM asked in their Washington-wide survey was worded slightly differently. It inquired whether the survey-taker would vote for or against a maintenance and operations levy.

CKSD is hoping the re-naming of the M&O to a School Support Levy will help clarify the use of the money for local voters.

The survey also showed that 72 percent of the 250 people interviewed said they had — either now or in the past — a child enrolled in the local school district.

Another detail to keep in mind when reviewing the answers to the survey questions is that the current levy rate for CKSD is $2.40 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The School Support Levy, which this survey is intended to provide

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