Facilities Survey 2009
     Summary of Results



              In December, 2009, Tipp City Schools conducted a survey via the school website as part of a plan to address facility needs in the district. More than 350 people responded to the survey.  Seventy-four percent of the respondents were among the 31-49 age group, with many indicating they are parents of students in the district. Only 2% of the respondents were in the over sixty-five age group, indicating that the district should look for additional ways to engage that segment of the population.

                 The survey followed a town hall meeting in which Dr. John Kronour, Superintendent, gave a presentation with photos of the problems and limitations in the district. Following the presentation, school patrons divided into focus groups to discuss the issues with school personnel.

                Most of the parents who responded to the survey reported they spend time in one or more of the schools frequently. Many were aware of building issues facing the district through their own observations.

                While indicating that some of the buildings are in poor condition, several commented that they believe the district works hard to keep the properties looking nice and functioning as well as possible.

                Comments about the old Tipp Central building ranged from "restore because of historical and architectural significance," to "should be torn down."  It is currently used by TCEP for a before and after school childcare program, and Tipp Monroe Community  Services. The district uses areas of the building for storage; the gym, cafeteria, and front office also are used by the district.  

                Given the choice of four scenarios to address facility needs, 55.2% of the respondents indicated the district should use a combination of building new and renovating facilities, far outweighing the other 3 choices: 1) renovate existing spaces, 2) build new spaces, 3) neither – continue to repair the best you can.  16.3% chose "neither – continue to repair the best you can."

                Some respondents commented that they felt they could not support a tax issue with the current economy, even though they support the schools and realize the needs. Others said they would not support any tax issue at any time. However, when directly asked when they would support a tax issue for facility needs, 50.4% of the respondents chose "within the next year," and another 25.2% chose "within 2 years."

                Given 3 choices regarding the type of tax issue they would support, 56.7% selected a plan that would include both academics and athletics, with 17.1% selecting "academic areas only," and 4.7% selecting "athletic areas only." Twenty-one percent chose "would not support either."

                Many respondents recognized areas of need in athletic and "event" venues, with comments  about the conditions of the Broadway/Central gym floor and seating, stadium at City Park, and baseball and softball facilities. Comments about the football and soccer venue at the City Park ranged from "the park stadium is an embarrassment," to "great facilities, keep up the good work."

                Ideas about the best plan for elementary buildings also varied greatly. Among the comments were "keep small neighborhood schools," and "I prefer one elementary for all."

                On an item that asked about the importance of energy conservation, an overwhelming 78.2% of respondents indicated they want the district to consider energy conservation as it undertakes any construction or renovation projects.

                 Out of the 325 respondents, 44 indicated they are willing to work with the district to address total facility needs, with 24 willing to look at academic areas only, and 37 willing to look at athletic areas only.

                The school district is very encouraged by the number of community members willing to help with short and long-term facility planning. The schools belong to the people, and it is crucial that Tipp City citizens partner with the school district to determine a plan that will provide increasing opportunities for students and the community.
                The Facilities Committee has since narrowed down options to two scenarios and continues to assess whether there is support for renovating and/or building new schools, local initiatives such as updating the football/soccer stadium or community center, and what to do with any buildings vacated by the district.