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Community Perception Survey Results Released

Clover Park School District officials recently released results from a telephone community perception survey. The anonymous, 36-question survey, overseen by Pacific Market Research, was conducted in September. A total of 400 telephone interviews were completed. 

Key findings* include:

  • Eighty-five percent of respondents either agree or strongly agree that the district offers quality educational programs and services;
  • Sixty-nine percent of respondents either agree or strongly agree that the district is teaching students the skills they need to lead successful lives;
  • Nearly nine of ten respondents (89%) agreed or strongly agreed that the district ensures schools are safe places to learn;
  • Most respondents (68%) agreed or strongly agreed that the district spends tax dollars wisely.

*Percentages may not add correctly due to rounding.

Other findings in the survey which are used in the district’s accountability plan to track progress over time include:

Since 2009 the percent of the community who believes the district is getting better has almost doubled.

In addition:

  • Most community members agree:
    • They receive information from the district on a regular basis;
    • The information is valuable; and
    • The district is doing a good job keeping the community informed.
  • One out of three respondents want to receive information from the district via mail (35%).
  • More than two out of three (68%) residents are aware of the completion of the Hudtloff Middle School, Harrison Preparatory School and Four Heroes Elementary School.

"Since the 1990s, the district has conducted community perception surveys every two years,” said Kim Prentice, director of community relations. "The survey results are monitored as part of the district’s accountability plan under the school board priority of communication and public relations especially in the areas of communicating fiscal responsibility and effective resource stewardship.”

District administrators will use the survey results as part of their ongoing efforts to increase student achievement, improve communication and strengthen fiscal accountability.