Press-Republican

October 10, 2013

NCCS hosts community survey

By ASHLEIGH LIVINGSTON
Press-Republican

---- — CHAMPLAIN — Northeastern Clinton Central School District is asking its stakeholders to identify priorities they believe it should focus on in the years ahead.

The School Board has initiated a community survey in an effort to gather the opinions of its residents, employees, volunteers, students and parents about the district’s strengths, as well as areas deserving of particular attention in the future.

“People will be able to contribute to what we expect will be a fairly broad cross-section of the entire school community weighing in,” NCCS Interim Superintendent A. Paul Scott said.

In his experience, seeking the suggestions and perceptions of such groups has proven beneficial when a district is searching for a new superintendent and determining its course for the future, as NCCS is.

“It’s always better to invite and encourage such school community engagement with these matters than to try to make a decision in isolation,” Scott said.

STUDENT VIEWS WELCOME

The single-sheet survey, which comprises about 16 questions, was made available to residents Tuesday in a variety of locations throughout the district, including the main offices of all NCCS academic buildings, the Champlain and Mooers town offices and the Champlain and Rouses Point village offices.

Scott said the form was also expected to be distributed later in the week to the Rouses Point and Mooers free libraries, as well as to other local businesses throughout the district.

In addition, the survey may be printed from the district’s website, nccscougar.org, via the “Interim Superintendent Updates” link, and residents can also request a copy be mailed to them by contacting District Clerk Ilean Duprey at 298-8242, Ext. 1003.

Officials planned to hand out the form to its employees and students this week.

While particular emphasis was to be placed on engaging fifth-, eighth- and 12th-graders in the survey, as they are the most senior students in their schools, Scott noted, “any and all students are certainly welcome to participate.”

Building principals, he continued, will be inviting and encouraging participation from parents through various means, as well.

“We’ll be spreading the word,” Scott said.

ANONYMOUS

Completed surveys are due by noon Tuesday, Nov. 5, and may be returned to the district via mail or fax or in person to any of the schools’ main offices.

Participants will find a mailing address and fax number for submissions at the bottom of each form.

Individuals are not being asked to provide their names, Scott noted, as the surveys are completely anonymous.

“We’re interested in gathering perceptions, not on tracking the opinion of any particular individual,” he said.

The survey results, Scott added, will be publicly reported to the School Board at its December meeting and published on the district’s website.

Email Ashleigh Livingston:alivingston@pressrepublican.com