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Dundee gets voters' opinion on projects

DUNDEE--According to an unofficial exit poll conducted by the school during the May school budget election, Dundee voters tend to favor the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program and bus garage renovations over lights and turf for the athletic field. Dundee Superintendent Kelly Houck said some 90 percent of the more than 260 voters gave their opinion on five potential capital project items, which included STEM programming, the bus garage, field turf, field lights and tennis court maintenance.
The superintendent said the strongest voter approval was to continue supporting the STEM program at in the district. Houck mentioned there was "overwhelming support" to renovate the existing bus garage rather than to build a new one, while adding there was "not overwhelming support" for lights and turf for the football and soccer field. She described the feedback regarding the district continuing to maintain the tennis courts as receiving "moderate approval."
"We will use the information to continue to guide our long-term plans," Houck said. "After the exit poll, we will take some items off the table. I wouldn't say we have a definitive plan yet, but the survey helped some items rise to the top."
While a new capital project is still "a few years out," according to the superintendent, she stated the district wanted to get a feel for what voters wanted to see.
"You hear murmurs about certain projects in the community, but you don't know if you don't ask the question," Houck said.
The superintendent said she hopes the exit poll will become a regular staple of the annual budget vote. Houck added while it may not always be related to capital project ideas, it could pertain to things like curriculum as well. She mentioned not every voter filled out a response to every item on the poll, but added it is a good way to gauge what items the community is interested in seeing.

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