Over 700 people responded to the district’s communications survey issued in May, providing us with valuable feedback and direction as we refine our program and make plans for the 2012-13 school year.
Over 70 percent of those who responded are parents with students currently at North or South, and over 80 percent have lived in the community for ten years or longer. We learned how important our school and district web sites and email blasts are for sharing our school news and calendar information.
Over 80 percent agree that the monthly district newsletter, News@99, is effective and makes them feel more connected to the schools. In fact, the majority of respondents (75 percent) enjoy reading about the happenings at both schools. Respondents indicated that the most valuable content items are calendar listings, spotlights on student achievements, stories about school activities and curriculum updates.
About 25 percent of respondents appreciate the in-depth Board of Education meeting information, and there is also interest in engaging in other, new types of opportunities to better understand how the district works. Learning about new initiatives to increase student achievement, hearing a “state of the district” report from the superintendent and reviewing district finances were all events of interest.
Click here for detailed results, including respondent ideas, comments and suggestions
This summer, the district will be creating recommendations and changes to make to the current communications program based on feedback.
“We appreciate the time everyone took to respond, and we are thoughtfully considering the direction provided by those who, like all of us here, care deeply about our schools and students,” says Dr. Mark McDonald, superintendent.