Archive for Wednesday, July 19, 2000

Superintendent hopes to survey residents

July 19, 2000

Tonganoxie's school superintendent wants to know how the community would grade the school district.

At a meeting Wednesday night of the Tonganoxie school board, Superintendent Richard Erickson will ask board members to approve a community survey. The meeting starts at 8 p.m. at the central office.

Erickson said that if the board approves the survey, that it would be the first time the district had polled district patrons.

"This is something new," Erickson said. "We are trying to develop a long-range plan so I want to start collecting data."

The survey includes questions about how well the district teaches various subject areas, how well the district disciplines students, and maintains its buildings and other facilities. The 31 questions should give district officials an idea of how well they're responding to the community's needs.

Erickson said he planned to make the survey available at local businesses and, perhaps, through the district's newsletter.

"With questionnaires, you never know what the return rate will be. Normally, it is really low. I am hopeful if I hand-deliver the surveys, then I will have a better response rate."

In other business Wednesday night, the board is set to accept bids to resurface the south playground and driveway at Tonganoxie Elementary School.

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