Parents of Creston School District students filled out a survey concerning their thoughts on all things educational.
The results have been tallied.
The Creston school administration wrote the survey for parents of children attending the Early Childhood Center, Creston Elementary School, Creston Middle School, and Creston High School. The survey currently compares the school year during the spring of 2011 and 2012.
A common theme popped up among the answers to the survey: communication. Of those responding, 34.6 percent of parents of middle school aged students felt the superintendent needed to improve upon responding to the needs and concerns of parents, while 23.4 percent believe the superintendent needed to improve upon communicating with the community.
“It seems that parents, as well as schools, are actively communicating with one another through elementary school,” said Chuck Scott, the district’s interim superintendent. “You know most parent-teacher organizations exist through the elementary school, and, for whatever reason, the parental involvement seems to decline when they get to junior high, and in high school it goes down even further. So my observations are, and the survey would reflect that, there needs to be additional emphasis on communications both ways, (at) school, as well as family and the child’s educational environment all the way through school.”
A similar concern parents had was the relationship between teachers and students. In the comments section of the survey one parent stated the “middle school needs consistency and communications between teachers,” while 19.7 percent of students did not respect the adults at the high school. Similarly, 29.8 percent of students did not respect other students at the high school, an increase of 8.6 percent at the middle school level.
On the other hand, less than 10 percent of high school parents felt teachers were not available when they need to speak to them, while 6.6 percent of middle school parents, 2.6 percent of elementary parents and 0 percent of Early Childhood Center parents felt the same.
At all schools, about 90 percent or more of parents felt they are treated with respect by teachers, had more than satisfactory experiences with the school secretaries, counselors and nursing staff and, overall, felt welcome when entering their child’s school.
“There’s a lot of pride coming from people about the schools,” said Scott. “In my opinion, teachers and administrators work very, very hard to provide a good education and so we have to be careful about if there’s five people or 10 people that were frustrated, that won’t be reflective of our schools at all. We’re not perfect, and we have room for improvement, but I think some of the comments, if I were to take a look at them as a whole, is not a clear picture of who we are as a school system.”