On Centre: Penns Valley | Residents offer school views

September 16, 2013 

Penns Valley residents have spoken.

School officials have the results of a survey they commissioned earlier this year that gave residents a chance to weigh in on the district’s direction.

Survey results and a final report were released last week during a Penns Valley school board meeting.

According to the report, the results showed residents have fairly strong satisfaction with the quality of academics and general happiness with extracurricular activities offered by the district.

But residents have some degree of interest in minimizing sports-related expenditures to enhance academic quality and technology, the survey found.

There was considerable reluctance toward the district working with for-profit partners and some dissatisfaction or uncertainly with administrators and the school board.

The survey found fiscal “prudence” and budget control were priorities for responding residents.

Superintendent Brian Griffith has said the district plans to use the data as a guideline for its comprehensive strategic planning.

Among other topics, the survey sought to assess the community’s perceptions about current programs and services, its expectations for use of district facilities and its support for future policy decisions.

The district received 390 responses, for a response rate of about 32.5 percent.

The survey was conducted by the Survey Research Center at Penn State. It was mailed to residents selected by the research group as representative of the entire community.

Matt Carroll writes about news from the Penns and Brush Valley regions. He can be reached at 231-4631 or mcarroll@centredaily.com.

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