Results of the survey given to Waterville Central School students, staff and parents will set some direction, but also has administrators and Board of Education members trying to interpret the answers.
At last week’s WCS Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Spring reviewed the survey given in May. While she explained that the feedback will help the District monitor progress on wellness and make decisions on resources, she said she was frustrated by the options for answers.
The survey, conducted by the National School Climate Center at Ramapo for Children, had five answers for each of the 70 questions. Choices were strongly agree, agree, neither agree or disagree, disagree, strongly disagree.
“What do you think a lot of people chose,’’ Spring said. “They said they were neutral. I’m not happy with that in that regard.’’
The same group did a similar climate survey in 2016. Spring said the 70 questions dealt with the District’s rules and regulations, security and learning environments.
Most of the 643 people, or 431, were students, while 86 staff members and 126 parents also filled out the survey.
Spring said some people thought the 70 questions were too many to answer.
Strengths shown by the responses were that Memorial Park School students feel supported by their teachers. They are also comfortable asking for help and rate the condition of the building high.
Under Wellness questions, 35 percent of Junior-Senior High students said they feel like they belong, while 29 percent were neutral on the topic. At MPS, 65 percent said they feel like they belong, while 18 percent were neutral…