Archive for Thursday, June 16, 2005

School district fares well in parent survey

June 16, 2005

Fewer than one in four Basehor-Linwood School District parents responded to a recent survey, but of those who did, more than half think the district is completing its mission of "all students developing and reaching their potential."

Results of the survey, mailed earlier this year to 1,723 patrons, were made public at Monday night's Basehor-Linwood School Board meeting. Twenty-four percent, or 412 people, responded.

The survey posed eight questions, ranging in topics from student performance and areas for improvement to communications. It asked patrons to respond using a 1 through 5 scale; a rating of 1 was used for negative responses and 5 for a wholly positive answer.

Seventy-two percent of those responding said they were aware of the district's mission statement -- "all students developing and reaching their potential."

Perhaps most important to school district officials is that 67 percent of respondents gave the district a 4 or 5 rating when asked whether they believed the school district was fulfilling its mission statement. Twenty-nine percent gave the school district a 3 rating.

More than 80 percent of parents responded with a 4 or 5 rating when asked whether the most recent school year was a positive experience for their child. Fifteen percent responded with a 3 rating.

On communications, approximately 80 percent of respondents said they feel properly informed about current events in the school district and more than 90 percent indicated they read the school district newsletter.

When asked about areas the district could improve, the majority of respondents, 21 percent, indicated facilities could be better. Fifteen percent responded with improving curriculum/academics, while finding better teachers and improving communication both received 8 percent.

About 30 percent of respondents said the district's teachers and staff were one of its biggest strengths. Communication came in second with a 15 percent and small class sizes and size of the district came in with 13 percent.

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