Elizabethtown For the second year, the administration of the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School District wants to hear from the community.
This week school officials sent out their second annual School Community Survey to residents of the district. People are asked to complete and return surveys to the district by noon Nov. 8.
“We had 147 surveys come back last year and while that is a good number, we would like to get even more this year,” Superintendent Scott Osborne said. “It is a single-page survey and the questions are the same ones that we asked last year because we want to see if the communities’ perception of things has changed over the past year.”
Osborne said the survey is designed to find out where the school’s strengths are along with suggestions for priorities in the future. Along with residents, members of the ELCS staff will take the survey along with students in fifth, eighth, 10th and 12th grades.
“It gave us really good information last year,” Osborne said. “The survey was coming in last year when I was arriving back to the district, and these were a very powerful tool. The information is shared with the board of education for planning, and setting goals and it is very helpful at budget time.”
Questions regarding strengths include how pleased people are with: instructional programs, cafeteria services, day-to-day cleanliness of school building, mechanical and structural condition of school, student transportation, how they are treated at school. They are also asked if they would agree with assigning students and the board with a grade of A or B.
Questions under suggested priorities include if the following should be priorities: improving student achievement, maintaining the school building, having the board and superintendent work together, sustaining instructional programs, balancing interests of students with the ability to fund programs, working with other school districts to operate more effectively, discovering ways to reduce costs and individual attention for students.
Copies of the survey can be found at the district offices.