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School District Consolidation

A study was commissioned by the Uniontown Redevelopment Authority to measure reaction to the proposed consolidation of administrative services for the county's school districts. The study consisted of a telephone poll of 404 adult residents of Fayette County. The calls were placed between May 29 and May 31 , 2013. The margin of error in the sample is+/- 3.1 percent. 

Key Findings

  • The proposed consolidation of school districts in Fayette County meets with more support than opposition. Approximately 53 percent of respondents either "Somewhat" or "Strongly" support the proposal to consolidate.
  • The proposal of a single curriculum for all schools in Fayette County was met with the strongest positive reaction of all the various concepts included in the poll. Approximately 81 percent of respondents either "Strongly" or "Somewhat" support this idea.
  • Initial support for the proposal was highest among seniors and those who no longer have children enrolled in a local school district.
  • Opposition was highest among residents of Albert Gallatin and Connellsville School Districts as well as residents of any district who currently have school-aged children.
  • Close to 40% of those who were initially, "Strongly Opposed" responded they were either "Somewhat" or "Much More" likely to support it once they were made aware that the proposed consolidation is limited to administration and that each would retain its respective identity, faculty and athletic programs.
  • An even larger percentage of those who were "Somewhat Opposed" (65 percent) or "neutral" (55 percent), were similarly positively affected by this clarification.
  • More than two-thirds of respondents said that knowing about the opportunity to gain over $10 million in Title I grant money would make them more likely to support school consolidation. This information had a positive impact on 35 percent of those who were initially "Strongly Opposed."
  • Close to 50 percent of respondents supported the idea of districts recovering funds currently allocated to charter schools.
  • 60 percent supported (29 percent "strongly") the construction of a "brick and mortar" charter school in Fayette County.
  • The idea of a four-day school week, even when presented as a significant opportunity for cost savings, was met with the most opposition of any proposal in the poll - 33 percent "Strongly" and 14 percent "Somewhat" opposed this idea.
  • Individuals age 25-44 and those with school-age children were the most likely to oppose.
  • 32 percent of respondents "Strongly Opposed" the proposal for a Cyber School for Fayette County.

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