The Olathe-based market research firm was commissioned by the district to poll residents on what they would be willing to support in the way of school facility upgrades. The district office, 1404 S. Ash St., Ottawa, is the former Eisenhower Elementary School.
Elaine Tatham, president of ETC Institute, presented the survey results to the school board at its Monday meeting. For more on her presentation, See Thursday's Herald.
When asked which option for new classroom space would they prefer, 43 percent of survey respondents favored converting the former Eisenhower building back into a school, 27 percent wanted to build an addition onto Garfield Elementary School and 23 percent favored building a new school, the survey said. Seven percent of respondents would not commit to any of those three options.
When asked what they would prefer doing to meet Ottawa High School’s needs, 61 percent of survey respondents favored remodeling and building an addition onto the existing high school at 1120 S. Ash St., Ottawa. Fourteen percent favored building a new high school, while another 14 percent said they were not sure which option they would choose. Another 11 percent would let the building continue to function in its current state, the survey said.
The full survey contains 35 questions, which Tatham is expected to discuss with the board Monday night.