Boards To Talk School Survey

Published 4:47 pm Tuesday, October 1, 2013

PRINCE EDWARD —Those interested in the results of a community survey on the County’s public schools won’t have to wait much longer.

The County’s school board and board of supervisors are scheduled to meet on October 24 for a presentation on the results at 7 p.m. at the county’s middle school cafetorium.

The two boards met September 26, 2012 and, with the aid of consultants, tackled varied school issues and concerns. At the end of the session, the boards focused on a survey of the community that, as conceived at that meeting, would be used to lay the foundation for a community forum or a series of community meetings to have a conversation with the citizens of Prince Edward about what’s working in public education, what they want for the future of public education and the things that they must work on today to make sure that the system is quality today and quality tomorrow.

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The National Research Center was hired to conduct the survey and, as previously reported, randomly selected 3,000 from a list of households. The two-page survey asked participants to rank a response on a scale from excellent, good, fair, poor and don’t know in a spectrum of areas from overall quality, to safety, overall direction of the school and reputation. Participants were also asked what helps form opinions about the school; how likely they would be to recommend the school system to those thinking about sending their children to the school; how likely they would be to support a property tax increase that amounted to $25 per year for the average home in the county; and a host of opinions on a range of other issues.

The two boards are expected to have an opportunity to look through the final survey report prior to the meeting.