Yet another fascinating yet odd survey, this one on how the district spends the dough. It's live until December 3rd. Shall we go through it together?
First page are questions that are informational.
Second page (and here's where you have to put on your thinking cap): ranking areas, from 1-5, that you feel are necessary to maintaining an efficiently run school district that consistently improves learning. (BUT, you can only use your 1-5 once each question.)
Your choices are:
- student/teacher ratio
- books and instructional materials that are aligned to state grad req and college entrance standards
- wide range of program offerings (but not access to, a key point)
- equitable program offerings across all schools (all students have access to the same programs)
- extra-curricular activities such as athletics
Page Three: Here's where it gets very tough because it's like choosing who gets on the lifeboat.
- school and classroom support staff including librarians, tutors, activity coordinator (what is this?), music, PE
- services related to social/physical/emotional well-being (nurses, counselors, other supports)
- teacher training and professional development to support high-quality instruction
Page 4 - Choices:
- student and teacher access to technology and tech support
- facilities management
- effective human resources department
- transportation services
- school capacity management and accurate placement of students in schools.
Page 5, choices:
- business operations and procedures that are compliant with state and federal guidelines
- systems that save operating costs
- customer services functions
- system that provide student data to families and staff such as the Source
Page 7, choices:
- communication tools and events that allow for direct interaction between community members and staff
- timely and accurate school communication with parents including student absences, grades, events
- user-friendly website with easy access to school and district information
- inclusion of, and collaboration with, parent and community members with respect to the direction of the District and major initiatives
Page 8, choices:
- infrastructure, reliable core operations
- efficient districtwide systems: streamlined and effective business practices
- family and community engagement, timely access to info for families
- strong leadership; high quality leaders in classrooms, schools, support systems
- school and classroom excellence; well-developed curriculum and meaningful student assessments
Page 9, you get to put in comments about programs/activities not mentioned that should be maintained during the 2011-2012 school year, programs/services you want protected, programs reduced or eliminated if necessary to develop a balanced budget, general comments.
I put down that I want family support workers to stay and career counselors back at the high schools. I said reduce/eliminate academic coaches and the second principal at Rainier Beach High School (and most of the parents there want that to happen - they want services in the classroom).