Shorewood School District is inviting residents to weigh in on district issues, by answering questions about their knowledge of the district’s leadership and operations, their familiarity with budget challenges and actions they would take to address the budget gap, and sources of information from which they receive district information, among other items.
As it launches a District Climate Survey on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, Shorewood is engaging all community members and increasing involvement in discussions on how to navigate through the challenging economic times that lie ahead. The district is working with K12 Insight, an independent research and communication firm. All survey responses are strictly confidential.
“Our student achievement is among the highest in the State of Wisconsin, which is a testament to the dedication of our students, teachers, staff and parents,” said Blane McCann, Superintendent of Shorewood School District. “The 2012-2013 budget is stable, but we anticipate that future budgets will have significant gaps between expenses and revenues, putting educational programs at risk. It’s critical that we hear from the entire community so we can continue providing our students with the best possible education. We need to align the community’s values with the decisions of the school district.”
The survey is available online. Parents, staff and community members who have provided the district with their email addresses will receive email invitations to participate, but the survey is open to all Shorewood residents. Computer labs at district schools and libraries listed below will also be prepared to allow access to the survey. Any parent without access to the Internet may request a paper survey by stopping in their child's school. The goal is to ensure everyone has the opportunity to provide feedback.
Previous surveys launched by the district — focusing on topics such as teacher professional development, the climate at individual schools and engagement levels — have received strong participation, and McCann is hoping for a high level of responses to this one as well. Once the survey has closed on Friday, May 4, the district will close the loop by sharing results with the community.
“The feedback we receive will be used to inform our future plans. And, as the district welcomes a new superintendent this summer, it will provide that person with important transitional information,” said McCann. “These ongoing conversations with the Shorewood community help us continue our mission of preparing students to embrace the challenges of the future.”