What We’ve Heard
Fort Madison Community Provides Input to Our District
Results Give District Direction on How to Proceed
Fort Madison, IA – February 8, 2019 – The District hosted a community meeting on Monday, February 4th with the intent to gather feedback and gain input on how the District should move forward with solving their current facility needs. The District also issued an online survey this past week to give community members who were unable to attend the meeting a chance to be heard.
“We were extremely pleased with the attendance at our meeting and the feedback online that we received. Schools are a vital part of every community, and we are excited to see the community of Fort Madison getting involved and collaborating with us in this journey. We are stronger together! And that starts with the community,” said Dr. Erin Slater, Superintendent of FMCSD.
Meeting attendees and survey respondents were very much in agreement in providing a direction for the School District:
- Over 75% of people agreed that although there are needs at the activity fields, the main concern and need is for the elementary building – giving direction to the District to take the activity fields out of the original project scope. Many community members noted that additional funding mechanisms could be reviewed at a later time to address the activity field concerns.
- Over 75% of people also agreed that additional site circulation solutions are needed at the proposed site for the new elementary school. The top reasons noted for the additional site circulation were safety for our students and alleviating the current bus and parent traffic congestion.
When asked, as community members, what they would like to see more information on as the District works on a proposed solution, the majority said: overall (total) project cost, actual tax impact (what it means to you as a taxpayer) and site items, including safety and security of our students.
In an effort to increase their transparency, the District also asked attendees and survey respondents for feedback on the best methods for communication, as they continue to update the community on the progress and next steps.
“The Board plans to take this information and input from our community and let that guide our next steps. An overwhelming majority of our community believes that a new, PK-3 facility is what we need – and now we have more direction on some of the additional desires that we need to address,” said Tim Wondra, School Board President.
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