Yet another in the series of odd surveys the district is putting out, here's the latest. At least, it is short but does require every question to be answered in order for it to register.
It's a all over the map. Questions about what you think are should be the priorities of the Superintendent and the district, questions about the new leadership and its role, etc.
Here are two of the odder questions:
Since the change in leadership, do you think the Seattle School District is currently headed in the right direction, or the wrong direction?
Which leadership - Superintendent or Board? That needed to be clear right up front but yet, you are left guessing. Also, Enfield has been on the job less than a year and the election just happened - it's not a great question to be asking at this point in time.
As you know, the Superintendent is hired by the School Board, who are (sic) elected by the voters. There are different ways a Board and Superintendent can operate. And of course the best model is the Board and Superintendent working together. But in general - if you had to choose - do you think it is better to:
Have a strong School Board that establishes the direction and sets policy for the district, with the Superintendent responsible for implementing the vision and policies of the Board.
Have a strong Superintendent who brings a clear vision to the job - with the Board primarily in the role of overseeing the Superintendent's performance and holding him or her accountable.
Again, who wrote this thing? Who is pushing this Board versus Superintendent power struggle? I don't want one stronger than the other. They have equal power (with the Board holding a bit more as they are the Superintendent's bosses in term of accountability).
I smell the strong whiff of Strategies 360 here along with the Alliance.
What is the purpose of this survey?