Operating levy seen as possible budget option

Actually, yes. Your patrons might surprise you with their willingness to support an operating levy increase.

Patron Insight recently completed research with the patrons of the Kearney (Mo.) R-I School District, in which we asked them to rank order 11 different options for cutting the budget and/or increasing revenue.

Number one on the list was to start a “pay to play” system for extracurricular activities, followed by “reduce non-instructional staff,” and “eliminate any renovation of school facilities.” A strong fourth? “Increase my taxes,” which was six places higher on the idea list than “increase class sizes.”

It was an eye-opener to the district, and may be to you. Send an e-mail with the subject line “Kearney Report” if you’d like to find out more.