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Survey shows community feels good about momentum in District 191

Residents shared their opinions about Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 in a recent survey.

A total of 625 residents (parents and non-parents) were contacted on landlines and cellphones in late May and early June by the Morris Leatherman research company. Morris Leatherman has conducted hundreds of surveys of cities and school districts including in District 191, most recently in 2014.

Results show that the community feels good about the district’s current momentum, according to Peter Leatherman, who reviewed survey results with the Board of Education.

Many changes took place over the past year through implementation of Vision One91, the work to redesign the district to meet the needs of today’s learners. Vision One91 included changes to buildings, expanded classroom technology and expanded opportunities for students from kindergarten through grade 12.

“The survey shows improvement since the 2014 survey, and in many areas, our results are stronger than the metro average,” said Superintendent Joe Gothard. “That speaks volumes to what our district has accomplished.”

Results show that:

  • Four out of five residents consider the quality of education as excellent or good.
  • More than one-third of residents believe the quality of education provided here is better than it was four years ago.
  • Two-thirds of residents believe our schools are a good investment and would support a property tax increase to protect that investment.
  • A number of different questions about finances indicate residents believe the district spends tax dollars wisely and provides good financial management.

When asked what they like most about the district, respondents listed good teachers, excellent academics, a variety of programs, a broad curriculum, good academics and sports.

When asked specifically what they like most about Vision One91, they responded the grade reconfiguration (with shift to a 9-12 high school, 6-8 middle schools and K-5 elementary schools). They also listed classroom technology, career pathways and the unified high school campus (with closing of senior campus so seniors are at Burnsville High School all day).

Respondents listed the district’s most serious issues as class sizes, discipline, poor spending, declining quality, lack of funding and increasing diversity.  

When asked how they get information about District 191, the paper newsletter mailed to homes by the district ranked highest, followed by the district’s website, eNewsletter and emails.

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Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017 - 13:53