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Survey Results Show Voters Want Higher Teacher Pay

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The Springfield Public Schools this week released a survey of frequent voters that the district mailed out this summer. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

The Springfield Public Schools this week released a survey of frequent voters that the district mailed out this summer.

In general, people who filled out the survey had positive feelings about the direction the district is going.

Marc Maness is Community Development Director for the district.

He says the survey covered three main areas: the quality of the district's services, how the district communicates, and strategic planning.

Maness says voters who filled out the survey tended to favor giving teachers a pay raise.

Maness says he'll use the survey to conduct focus groups to find out how much support there is in the community for the schools.

Maness says this kind of information could help lay the groundwork for looking at bond issues and levy increases in the future.

The surveys went to 34 hundred randomly selected frequent voters and 46 percent of those who received a survey returned it.

Maness says the district plans to conduct surveys on a regular basis.