Madison-Plain Local Schools recently conducted a public opinion survey to study thoughts and perceptions of its students, staff, parents and community members. The results will help establish a baseline for growth, improvement and continued momentum. District officials plan to administer the survey again in 2016.
The following are general findings from the survey given to staff, parents and community members.
• 389 people responded; 67 percent were parents
• The district website (60 percent), Parent Portal (51) and building newsletters sent via email (43) are the three most used sources to find information about the district
• If the district were to enhance or use other forms of communications, respondents would most use text messaging (63 percent); eMail (60), website (51) and social media (45)
• 90 percent of respondents have regular access to the Internet
• About two-thirds of all respondents believe the district communicates openly about its finances and is clear about its financial needs
• Overwhelming majority (84) is satisfied in the district’s management of its finances (average to excellent rating)
• 67 percent find it reassuring the district prepares a 10-year financial plan as opposed to the state’s 5-year requirement
• 82 percent of respondents said they would consider serving on a districtwide committee or would like to be contacted about informational meetings
• On a 5-point scale, respondents gave above average ratings to all but one question.
◦ I understand what’s expected of my child in the classroom (3.92)
◦ The curriculum meets my child’s academic needs (3.49)
◦ My child is engaged in his/her learning (3.76)
◦ We have sufficient AP/Dual Enrollment offerings at the high school (3.62)
◦ Students are adequately prepared for college or careers (3.21)
◦ My child has an IEP or is Gifted – I am satisfied with the services he/she receives (2.77)
◦ My child regularly uses a mobile device (i.e., tablet computer, iPad, smartphone, etc.) (4.25)
◦ My child feels safe at school (4.10)
◦ The school has a caring and encouraging environment (3.74)
◦ There is an adult at the school who my child can talk to when he/she has a problem (3.84)
◦ Buildings are kept clean and welcoming (3.84)
◦ Buildings are kept in good repair (3.47)
◦ Our facilities create an environment that allows the district to provide the best education to students (3.39)
◦ There are programs in place to address drug and alcohol abuse with students (3.42)
◦ I am well informed of upcoming events (3.58)
◦ Teachers are responsive to needs and easy to communicate with (3.58)
◦ Teachers keep me regularly informed about my child’s grades/progress (3.30)
◦ The district’s technology and equipment adequately prepares students (3.51)
◦ The building principal is approachable, visible and responsive (3.93)
◦ The district administration is approachable, visible and responsive (3.40)
• Parents/Community Members are generally satisfied with services the district offers: Transportation (88), Cafeteria (73), Athletics (65)*, and Band (94)
* The Madison-Plains Advisory Council followed up in March with the district’s administration to discuss the Athletics program.