A telephone survey of 400 likely voters shows strong support for a Stanislaus Union School District bond to fund renovation at the district's seven schools, according to data presented at the district's board of trustees meeting Thursday.
Trustees will spend the next two months considering a possible bond for the November ballot and gathering public input, with a decision planed for their July meeting.
Poll results concluded that:
A school bond would need 55 percent approval from voters to pass.
"We'd probably be in decent shape," if trustees decided on a November election, said consultant Gene Bregman.
The district enrolls about 3,200 northwest Modesto students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
During their presentation to trustees, consultants recommended the district move forward with plans, saying the survey indicates "strong odds for success in November."
The consultants did add that officials need to spend some time relaying information about the district's improvement needs and successes.
District officials plan to send informational brochures home with students before the end of the school year. Administrators also hope to complete by June a list of renovation projects that could include fixing leaky roofs and building computer labs. Administrators have not decided on an amount for the bond.
Consultants also urged the district to look into organizing a private group to advocate for a bond.
Bee staff writer Michelle Hatfield can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2339.