The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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February 28, 2013

Buckeye starts survey of voters

Firm hired to obtain responses from public

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP —  At least 300 registered voters in the Buckeye Local Schools District can expect a phone call early next month.

The call will be coming from MKC Associates of New Philadelphia, which is conducting a survey for the board of education. Superintendent Joseph Spiccia made the survey recommendation to the board late last year as a way to take the community’s pulse on two important areas: district performance and spending priorities.

“We’re pretty excited to begin a process of community engagement that will help us meet the needs of the students and community,” Spiccia said.

MKC developed the list of questions after meeting with the board, which provided the company with an idea of what it wanted to garner from the survey. Spiccia said the company will charge the district up to $6,000 to conduct the survey, compile the data and present the results to the board at its April meeting.

“We have some outside funding for this,” Spiccia said.

Voters in the district will be randomly selected for the telephone portion of the work, which will begin Monday and should be completed eight days later. MKC is guaranteeing that responses from at least 300 voters will be obtained for the survey.

“What MKC tells us is that with 300 phone responses, we get a statistically significant amount of data,” Spiccia said.

All the same, the district also is sending paper copies of the survey to the parents of students in kindergarten through eighth grade on Monday. The surveys will be sent home with the students. Survey forms will be available at Edgewood Senior High School, Kingsville Public Library and the Ashtabula County District Library, as well. District residents are encouraged to stop by one of those locations and complete the survey. Spiccia said MKC hopes to have input from at least 300 of these “hard copy” survey forms. Deadline for returning them will be March 12.

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