Stewartville School District voters strongly support a bond referendum to build a new school or expand the district's current facilities. In all, 65.9 percent of the 257 district residents polled in January said that they would favor a referendum to expand the district's current buildings or to allow the district to consider building a new school. After receiving more information about why the district is considering a bond referendum, 73 percent of the respondents said they would favor such a referendum. Springsted Inc., the district's financial advisor, oversaw the telephone survey, which was completed between Jan. 8 and 17. Don Lifto, executive vice president and manager of client development for Springsted, told the Stewartville School Board last week that the favorable results were very significant. "This is (a higher percentage) than what we typically get in most of the surveys we do," he said. "It's is a very healthy, strong response." Lifto said that the survey's overall margin of error is plus or minus 5.95 percent. The 257 participants represent a significant percentage of the district's population, he said. "It's a very substantial-size survey for a community the size of Stewartville," he said. After the 65.9 percent initially said that they would favor a referendum, the surveyor asked a series of questions, wondering if the information in each statement would make the residents more or less likely to favor the referendum. After the respondents listened to each question, an even higher percentage of them favored the referendum. The questions, and the percentage of respondents who favored a referendum under each scenario: Both Bonner and Central have become seriously overcrowded: 82.1 percent. Enrollment has increased the need for classroom space: 79 percent... For more on this story pick up your copy of the Feb. 4 Stewartville STAR.