In our third and final community survey, we took asked the Brady ISD community for their input on a possible upcoming bond. We asked about the size of bond the community would like to see put on the ballot, as part of the Wind Farm and Bond Funding discussion, and also asked about support of the eight most popular projects the community has mentioned as facility needs.

We had a total of 85 responses to the survey, which is down from previous surveys, and likely due to the Thanksgiving holiday being at the end of the survey.

Of course, we started with a few demographics questions. First asking for an age range of respondents. The results were similar to other surveys, but with less representation in the 18 to 14 years-old range.

We asked where respondents live, with 87% residing within Brady ISD.We asked if respondents are registered voters, with over 95% saying yes.
Lastly, for our demographics, we asked if respondents work for Brady ISD, with a bit higher than normal 46% saying yes.

Bond Support

Getting into the first meaty part of the survey, we asked respondents about their support for a possible facilities improvement bond. Following is the actual question and response options:

Would you favor a capital campaign to raise funds to build new educational facilities, renovate existing facilities and/or additions to existing facilities for Brady ISD? (Please select the answer that closest matches your opinion.)

  • I support a bond that keeps taxes at our current and projected rate to raise $5m to address Brady ISD facility needs.
  • I support a bond that keeps taxes at the current rate to raise $12m to address Brady ISD facility needs.
  • I do not believe Brady ISD has any facility needs and support lowering the tax rate.
  • I support lowering the tax rate despite the need of Brady ISD to address facility needs.

A wide majority, 75% of respondents, support keeping taxes at their current rate to raise approximately $12 million in facility improvement funds.

Project Support

Next we asked about eight individual projects, giving information about the projects such as their possible budgets, and asked if respondents supported them, giving them the following options:

  • Strongly Support
  • Somewhat Support
  • Neutral
  • Somewhat Oppose
  • Strongly Oppose

Following are the project questions and the community responses.

Six years ago, Brady ISD lost our auditorium. The district does not have facilities to host UIL theater or music competitions or a place to hold large assemblies of students. A new 1000 seat auditorium could be built on the property between Brady High School and Brady Middle School that would accommodate all these needs. The auditorium would have a budget of approximately $8,400,000. Would you support this project?

North Ward Elementary is currently unused. Brady ISD could renovate this campus into a career and technology campus (Career Center) to include curriculum such as cosmetics, welding and metal work, IT, automobile repair, health and nursing professions or any needs identified by the students and community. The campus renovation would have a budget of approximately $4,200,000. Would you support this project?

Brady Elementary currently has some classrooms and restrooms in the 1960s and 1980s wings in need of modernizing. Additionally, parent drop-off and pick-up can be improved. Renovations to the 1960s classrooms and restrooms, and road improvements would have a budget of approximately $2,500,000. Would you support this project?

At Brady Elementary, the roofs for the 1960s and 1980s wings are reaching the end of their life, as are the mechanical units for the entire campus. Replacement of the roofs and all mechanical equipment would have a budget of approximately $1,270,000. Would you support this project?

Brady Elementary has 4 classrooms and labs that are currently located in portable buildings. An addition to bring all classrooms and labs into the building would have a budget of approximately $2,400,000. Would you support this project?

Brady ISD has several facilities that sit unused and have been called an “eye-sore” by the community. Demolitions could have a budget up to approximately $620,000. Would you support this project?

Brady ISD has had a softball team for close to 20 years, but in that time Brady ISD has never had a softball field. The district currently shares a field with the city. A new softball / baseball complex would have a budget of approximately $3,860,000. Would you support this project?

Reverse osmosis water filters could be installed at all campuses for a budget of approximately $125,000. Would you support this project?

Pulling all of that information together, to see what the support for each project is, we get the following:

Every project, from one end of the graph to the other, has widespread support among respondents, which we hope are a representative sample of the community.

Conclusions

In summary, the two big takeaways from this survey are that there is around 75% support for the $12 million version of the bond, which would keep taxes at their current rate, and that every project that has been brought up as a need among the community has widespread support within the community.

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