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Charles City residents offer input on high school facility needs

To the Press

Residents of the Charles City Community School District provided their input on the district’s high school facility needs through a recent survey.

About 72 percent of survey respondents agreed that there are recognized needs at Charles City High School. Only about 31 percent said they believe the current CCHS building reflects the community’s values and beliefs related to education.

Charles City residents offer input on high school facility needs
Chart from Charles City School District facility survey.

When asked to rank building factors in order of importance, respondents prioritized adequately sized spaces, accessibility for all and code compliance.

“We would like to thank all of our community members who took our survey and provided their thoughts on how we can best move forward with addressing our facility needs at Charles City High School,” said Pat Rottinghaus, board president. “The results of this survey will be used by the district and board to determine priorities as we plan for the future of our high school. As we move forward, we will continue to seek the input and feedback of our families, staff, students and community.”

Respondents also ranked the site factors they felt were most important, placing a priority on space for future growth, parent pick-up/drop-off areas, bus pick-up/drop-off and visitor parking at the school.

Additionally, respondents slightly preferred that the district and board seek to obtain lower long-term operating costs for CCHS over securing a lower cost of building or renovating facilities.

When asked to rate the statement, “The community has a high level of trust in the school district,” between strongly agree and strongly disagree, the average response was slightly below neutral toward the disagree side.

The survey was open from March 3 to March 17 and received 438 responses from residents of Charles City, Bassett, Floyd, Colwell and the surrounding communities. A little under 70% were from Charles City, and a little under 10% more were from rural parts of the school district.

A summary of the survey results is available online at

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