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0707, 18 Jul 18

Survey Says!

Back in June, I wrote:

The West Bend School District has sent out the survey asking about the appetite for a referendum. As explained when it was announced, this is the survey created by the propaganda group School Perceptions. You can see the whole survey here: school-referendum-survey-2018. As expected, it is more of a propaganda piece than a survey. Given that the survey is designed to elicit a specific, pro-referendum, response and I have almost no faith in the accurate tabulation of the results, I hesitate to even go through it.

As predicted, the survey returned the results that the School Board paid to get.

More than 2,800 community members and staff of the West Bend School District responded to the survey. Non-parent, non-staff community members were least supportive of a referendum, with 22 percent in favor of doing nothing for the aging Jackson Elementary and high schools.

I would note that there are about 40,000 residents of the district, so that’s about a 7% return rate. And the controls on submitting multiple surveys were pretty loose.

Among all taxpayers surveyed, which excludes some staff and parents, 50 percent of taxpayers supported a new elementary or a remodel. The town of Jackson supported a new building at a rate of 62 percent, and the village of Jackson supported a new school at a rate of 67 percent.


At the high school, the highest support was for increased safety and the lowest support was for a renovation of both the weight room and locker room.

The cost of building a new Jackson Elementary and doing every update for the high schools would be about $80 million. If all projects suggested by the survey were completed at the high school, that alone would cost more than $50 million.

I look forward to seeing the actual results with the detail behind it. All we have right now is a news story, which is just relaying what the district mouthpiece said.

Here comes your referendum, West Bend.


0707, 18 July 2018


  1. jjf

    Tell us how you think a referendum should proceed.

  2. Kevin Scheunemann

    Privatize the system and give kids a voucher instead.

    Taxpayers will save money and schools will compete.


  3. jjf

    Why did our ancestors put free public education (“as uniform as possible”) in the state Constitution?

    What requirements would you put on private schools accepting public dollars?  Any guarantees about success?  Any guidelines on what should be taught?  Any stated goals for the end product?

  4. MHMaley

    I paid for my own private school education as a 13-17 year old . If you want your God taught your kids , pay for it on your own , just like you do for your church .

  5. Paul

    You should get a refund on that tuition, Maley. Clearly you didn’t get your money’s worth.

  6. Kevin Scheunemann


    Great, pay for it on our own, but then we should be allowed to drop out of taxation by godless public school system.

  7. dad29

    “Our ancestors” invented Public Screwels because they thought that those would stamp out good little citizens who new nothing of God–or the permanent things.

    That worked reasonably well until agnosticism–whether actual or practical–became the majority religion back in the early 1960’s.  Of course, agnosticism was the logical result of Public Screwels in the first place; only took about 3 generations to succeed.

  8. jjf

    Your timeline is a century or so off, Dad29.

    Back in the 1850s, you think so many (all?) states were trying to push free public education as a way to steer people away from religion?

    Also the Edgerton Bible Case would like a word with you.

  9. dad29

    Actually it vindicates me.

    the [SCOWI] judges overruled the circuit court’s decision, concluding that it illegally united the functions of church and state.[2]

    Agnosticism for All!!!, signed, SCOWI

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