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ACSD1 Press Release

Community Survey Results Lay Groundwork for ACSD1 Strategic Planning Process

 

December 15, 2016 – Laramie, Wyo. – Albany County School District #1 is receiving high praise from its community as it begins its strategic planning.

A strong majority of participants in the recent School Quality and Perceptions Survey reported that their school’s quality is excellent or good — 91 percent of participating parents, 87 percent of employees, and 85 percent of students. The survey results will lay the foundation for the district’s planning when it begins building its strategic plan early next year.

“It is critical that our community’s experiences and opinions serve as the framework around which we make our decisions,” said Dr. Jubal Yennie, superintendent of Albany County School District #1. “The candid feedback we received from our community will help guide our strategic planning process and shape our district’s future.”

This spring, 2,196 parents, school employees, and students in grades 6–12 provided feedback on academic and student support, school leadership, family involvement, and safety and behavior, among other topics.

The district partnered with independent research and communications firm K12 Insight to administer the survey and compile the results. All individual responses are anonymous to the district.

Among the key findings were that all three participant groups believe that ACSD1 schools are safe, and that bullying is not tolerated. However, parent perceptions about safety and behavior were lower than student and staff perceptions.

“We want to ensure that our parents are fully aware of how we work to keep their children safe and productive while in our schools, and pledge to improve our communication and transparency around this issue,” said Yennie.

The survey also highlighted the importance of creating a caring environment for students. Participants overwhelmingly said that there is an adult in school to whom students can go for help, and that students are treated fairly, regardless of their background or abilities.

Yennie said the district is committed to making the survey results more than numbers on a page. District leaders plan to use the results to create a guiding document for its strategic planning.

K12 Insight researchers presented the results to the ACSD1 School Board on Wednesday, Dec. 14, and return for a board work session in January. During that session, K12 Insight will work with the board on how to use the results to begin developing its strategic plan.

“Our community will be involved every step of the way,” said Yennie. “There will be ample opportunities for additional community input and feedback, and I encourage everyone to stay engaged with us.”

For more information about the survey or the strategic planning process, contact Jubal Yennie at jyennie@acsd1.org.  The complete survey results can be reviewed HERE.


Letters to Parents and Staff regarding the Survey