District officials still seeking responses from public

By Dave Fidlin

Correspondent

Retaining quality teachers was high on the list. But offering instruction in world languages ranked lower.

Waterford Graded Superintendent Ed Brzinski hashed over the preliminary results of a recently distributed strategic survey. It was sent to a cross-section of people, including parents, community members and staff.

Brzinski combed through the data with the School Board when the elected body held its most recent meeting Nov. 15. At the time of Brzinski’s report, 59 responses had come in — a fraction of the approximately 850 responses that were recorded the last time WGSD issued a survey.

WGSD has been continuing its appeal for responses on its latest survey since the meeting as administrators and decision-making board members consider short- and long-range plans about the district as a whole and classroom-level instruction.

Based on the preliminary data, Brzinski said the bulk of the respondents — 91.5% — reported being parents within the district. Small slivers of staff and community members also offered up responses.

Regardless of the ultimate response turnout, Brzinski said he has been pleased with the information survey takers have offered up thus far.

“I don’t have the written answers in (the report to the School Board), but there have been some thoughtful ones,” Brzinski said. “There are some great answers out there and some good thoughts. I read all of them.”

The survey, which takes an estimated 15 minutes to complete, asks questions in four specific categories.

When asked about the challenges or issues within WGSD and how best to address them in the next five years, nearly all respondents agreed “hiring and retaining quality educators in an increasingly competitive market” was top of the list.

“I thought that was great and in line with what we’d been doing,” Brzinski said. “It’s part of our strategic plan.”

To read the entire story see the Dec. 3 edition of the Waterford Post.