Archive for Thursday, March 5, 2009

Survey to test district’s efficiency, effectiveness

March 5, 2009

The Basehor-Linwood School District is conducting a district-wide survey to determine how well it has been performing and to find ways to maximize its resources.

The Effectiveness and Efficiency Survey is part of a USD 458 review being administered by the Center for Innovative School Leadership (CISL). CISL conducts reviews of school districts on a voluntary basis. The goal is to determine the best practices and strategies for districts in the areas of leadership, teaching and learning, facilities management and human resources.

Basehor-Linwood Superintendent Robert Albers said that parents, students, staff, administration and school board members answer individual surveys with different questions. The student surveys are being conducted in person during one of their classes, and the remaining surveys can be completed online.

Albers said that the school board wanted this opportunity to review the operations of the entire district.

“We would like to know if we are providing our students a quality education in a safe and friendly environment,” he said.

In addition, Albers said the board was interested in finding out if it had any practices that caused it to be less effective or efficient.

CISL was created in 2004 through Kansas Senate Bill No. 304. Albers said that this was the first year that Basehor-Linwood had participated in a review by CISL and the first time that the district had submitted such a survey.

The surveys will be completed by March 13. The board will review the results from the surveys and send them to CISL. CISL will then visit the district for one to three days to meet with parents, teachers, board members, administrators and classified staff. The CISL team will also observe a Basehor-Linwood Board of Education meeting.

Afterward, CISL will provide the district with a full report detailing all of its findings during the review process.

Albers said that changes made in the district will depend on this final report.

“The board hopes to get some assistance in creating district goals from this information,” Albers said. “It would be my guess that there will be several changes made because of the information gathered.”

All those interested in completing a survey may do so by visiting the USD 458 Web site at usd458.org and clicking on the link labeled “Parent & Patron Survey.”

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