Updated May 29, 2008 at 10 a.m.
Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs School District recently began a series of surveys of its students, parents and staff to gauge satisfaction on a wide range of school-related topics.
Interim Superintendent Sandra Smyser said the surveys will be compared with results from the same survey given two years ago to determine what respondents view as getting better or worse.
"We will have some trend data, so now we can say, 'Ugh, we're getting worse at this,' or 'We're getting better at this,'" she said.
Secretary to the Superintendent Deb Ginesta, who is in charge of the surveys, said the results will be used to create a strategic plan for the district and to ensure the district is meeting the expectations of the community.
Ginesta said she filled out three surveys herself - one for each of her children in school and one as a staff member.
The questions cover a broad range of topics including School Board performance, principal performance, core curriculum as well as an overall score of the schools.
The previous survey, from the 2005-06 school year, showed students and parents were most pleased with the computer technology and teachers in the district, while teachers and staff rated their assistant principals and students highly.
Concerns from students ranged from the quality of school food for the elementary students to core curriculum and lack of assistance from principals for middle and high school students.
Parents recently were mailed copies of the new surveys and have until near the end of this week to complete them. Staff and students in grades three to 12 filled out the surveys online. Only 16 percent of parents responded to the previous survey, possibly because of a short deadline, so parents were given a wider date range this year, Smyser said.
All data will remain anonymous, she said, and parents mail their surveys directly back to Harris Interactive, the New York firm hired for the project. The cost of the survey was not immediately available.
Results from the survey will be ready in six to eight weeks and will be available to the public.