Harris poll results provide direction


Students, teachers and staff in the Steamboat Springs School District had a chance to make their voices heard during a spring survey.

On Monday, Chris Moessner, director of Youth and Education for Harris Interactive, presented the results to the Steamboat Springs School Board.

Overall, the district scored well among students, teachers and parents, particularly at Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools. Moessner said it is common to see more satisfactory scores at the elementary level because students are new to education and parents are still relatively involved.

At the secondary level, which includes the Steamboat Springs Middle School and Steamboat Springs High School, lack of communication and respect were cited as concerns, but the levels weren't alarming.

Moessner said the purpose of the Harris Interactive School Poll is to gauge a feel for district atmosphere and take steps to thwart potential problems.

"You have enough in here that you can start chewing on something," Moessner said of the results. "Dig into each one of those binders. Look at differences by boys and girls, ethnicity. Ask more questions. This survey alone offers symptoms for you to dig and to find out what's going on."

Moessner applauded Steamboat's willingness to ask tough questions and accept positive and negative responses.

"I have to say the information is going to be invaluable," School Board President Tom Miller-Freutel said. "I certainly appreciate the effort of students, staff, administration and parents. It gives us a lot of good work (to do)."


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