School district's community survey open online to public until June 24

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published:

Hudson - A community survey conducted via telephone in May, dealing with a variety of district issues and topics, is available online until June 27 at 4 p.m..

The purpose of the online survey is to provide additional context to the official results of the phone poll and to allow additional people to participate, according to the district.

Results of the 15-minute telephone survey in which 321 people, made up from samples across all Hudson wards, were released at the June 9 Board of Education meeting. Respondents were asked a variety of questions dealing with academics, leadership, district finances, vision and communication.

The telephone survey was conducted by The Impact Group of Hudson from May to 6, according to District Communications Manager Sheryl Sheatzley. The group conducted an earlier district survey in 2009. The cost to the district was $14,500, the same as in 2009, she added.

"The survey was conducted in a relatively short period of time,"Sheatzley said. "That's a testament to our community who is willing to complete a 15-minute phone to provide us with feedback."

There were also several questions asked which will be used in a quality profile scheduled for an Aug. 20 release, Sheatzley added.

There were positive themes throughout the survey, along with some areas that parents and guardians feel could be improved upon, Sheatzley said.

According to Sheatzley, the district was grateful to the survey participants for taking time from their busy schedules.

"I thinks it's wonderful that our community took time out for us, so we can partner with them," Sheatzley added.

Tom Speaks, of The Impact Group, said "people were very interested to give their input."

When asked to describe the district, caller responses included: parents are involved, the district is hard working and looking toward the future and it is a good school district for students with a great teaching staff and administrators.

However, some also felt that the district was too academically strict, needs more art programs, too many students per teacher, some buildings could be updated and more buildings are needed, according to Speaks.

About 46.4 percent (149) of the respondents said finances was the biggest challenge facing the schools. About 10.9 percent (33) said felt academic performance was a challenge, requesting more focus on college prep and focus more on arts and music programs, Speaks said. Each question was also broken down into subsets.

Additional questions included the importance of national AP rankings, district report cards, various programs and scores.

Of the 321 respondents, 275 said the believe the district is "heading in the right direction," noting good leadership, fiscal responsibility and academic achievement, Speaks said.

Only 19 respondents said the schools were "heading in the wrong direction," noting unsanitary conditions, unnecessary security additions and a need to increase sports, according to Speaks.

"This was a great process," Speaks said.

For complete survey results visit the new Hudson City School District website at www.hudson.k12.oh.us under featured news or watch a meeting.

Residents who participated in the phone poll are asked to please not to take the online survey. In addition, the district requests that participants be 18 years or older. To take the online survey visit www.hudson.k12.oh.us through June 24 at 4 p.m.

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UPDATE: The original deadline was June 24, as was in print. On June 24, Hudson City Schools announced an extension to take the survery until June 27.

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