2015 School Board Community Survey

School Boards Thank Community Members for Sharing Ideas and Suggestions

This winter the school board chairs of the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union created a community linkage committee to help our school boards become more actively engaged with our communities.  As part of that effort, the committee developed a survey to better understand the community's concerns, suggestions and ideas.  We are very grateful to the more than 200 people who took the time to respond to this survey and to share their ideas about how we can do more to ensure our students leave school with the skills they need to lead healthy lives and have meaningful careers.

2015 School Board Community Survey Reports Now Available

Survey takers indicated the town in which they lived. The survey results, by town and overall, are available below.

Summary of Findings

Based on the overall results of these surveys, we understand that the community wants to learn more about:  

  1. Proficiency Based Learning
  2. School District consolidation
  3. Personalized Learning Plans
  4. Flexible Pathways
The favored ways of receiving information about these topics (in order of preference) are:
  1. Email
  2. Front Porch Forum
  3. The Hardwick Gazette
  4. School Newsletters

The survey answers we received pointed to five areas of particular importance to people.  First and foremost, people want better communication. Almost one fourth of the community members who participated in the survey want to see our schools and school boards doing more to communicate with students, teachers, parents and taxpayers.  The area that received the second most comments was standardized testing with more than ten percent of the people answering the survey telling us that standardized testing has become excessive.

The other three areas that received the most comments are:  1) the value of small schools; 2) the climate within our schools; and 3) school administration and administrative leadership.  People answering these surveys told us they value their small schools.  They told us that we need to do more to nurture an atmosphere of respectfulness and civility among students and staff at our schools, and finally, that we need to do more to create a climate of equity and inclusion.

Next Steps

We are grateful to have been able to reach out to our communities and to learn more about how we can do better.  The school boards will use the survey information to guide their work engaging communities in discussion, information sharing, events and other activities.  Together, we can ensure that our students will graduate with the skills they need to lead healthy, purposeful lives.