Eureka City School Constituents Support Repairing Aging, Deteriorating Neighborhood Schools

An independent survey of voters in the Eureka City School District shows strong support for a potential 2014 bond measure to repair aging, deteriorating schools throughout the District.

The survey, conducted in the Fall by the highly respected opinion research firm of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, shows as much as 63% of respondents would support a local education funding measure in November 2014, well above the 55% threshold needed for passage.

The Eureka City School District commissioned the survey to obtain the public’s feedback on project priorities at its school sites, and to assess potential interest in a local educational bond measure in 2014.

“Many of our schools are old, deteriorating, and in need of repairs,” said Superintendent Fred Van Vleck. “Our schools need improvements in order to offer adequate job training programs for students who plan on entering the workforce right after high school, among other goals.”

Survey respondents placed high importance on upgrading career technical and job training classrooms and technology.

“Our region used to provide jobs in timber and fishing, but now those jobs are gone,” said Superintendent Van Vleck. “We need funding to upgrade career technical and job training classrooms, including investing in new technology and science labs—all of which improve student achievement and career success.”

“I am very pleased that our constituents feel our schools provide important skills and recognize our needs,” said Superintendent Van Vleck.

“These community perspectives will be carefully considered by the District as we look to the priorities and issues that need to be addressed in the coming year.”

For questions regarding survey methodology, contact Shakari Byerly at (510) 451-9521