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Committee recommends two middle school surveys

April 8, 2009

Surveys gauging student, parent and staff satisfaction at Bayside Middle School could be administered later this year.

The Fox Point-Bayside School District is proposing two surveys. The first survey, through public opinion research firm School Perceptions, would be given to parents, students and staff. The second would be administered to middle school students through an organization known as Parents Advocating for Cultural Equality and Educational Excellence.

The Finance and Facilities Committee on April 3 recommended the School Board approve both proposals.

District Administrator Gary Petersen said it likely would cost at least $3,450 to do both surveys.

The School Perceptions survey would ask students if they feel their teachers want them to succeed in class and if they feel safe in school. Parents would be asked if they are involved in their children's learning, while teachers would be asked whether they believe the district offers adequate staff development opportunities.

Petersen pointed out a question asking whether students get to school by bus, a parent driving, a friend's parent driving, walking or biking.

"We don't really know, on a given day, how many of our kids are using the buses," Petersen said.

The PACE 3 survey is a collaborative effort with some other North Shore school districts. It will ask students a variety of questions, including whether they trust at least one adult in the school, whether they enjoy classes in the school and whether they feel their classmates care about them.

- Dave Fidlin,

Staff Writer

NEXT STEP

WHAT: The Fox Point-Bayside School Board will vote on two proposed surveys.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday, April 27

WHERE: Stormonth Elementary School, 7301 N. Longacre Road, Fox Point

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