Give your input on the 2014-2015 calendar
For the past three years, Broken Arrow Public Schools has made several changes to the academic calendar based on the input of staff and parents. While there are still several months left in the 2013-2014 school year, district administrators are already seeking input from parents and staff about how to structure the 2014-2015 school calendar.
“For the past three years, the first day of school was much later than it has been historically, because a later start date enabled us to receive more than $500,000 in additional funding due to the way student enrollment is counted,” said Dr. Jarod Mendenhall. “Receiving those dollars has been a critical boost to our budget, and this is just one example of the many positive changes that have come from community input on the calendar.”
The members of the committee charged with reviewing the academic calendar were pleased with the feedback from last year’s surveys, and believed the resulting calendar reflected a majority of those suggestions and preferences.
“The past two calendars have been received positively, but we still want to give parents and staff members a chance to voice their opinions on the 2014-2015 calendar,” Mendenhall said. “For this reason, we have again created surveys and posted them on our website.”
In addition to seeking input on the start of school, questions are also asked about holidays, parent teacher conferences and professional development days.
“We actually have two surveys – one for staff members and one for parents,” said Mendenhall. “Some questions, such as those dealing with professional development, are seeking input specifically from our staff. So, rather than create one lengthy survey in which some questions might not be applicable, we again chose to create two brief surveys tailored to specific audiences.”
All staff members and parents are encouraged to visit the website and complete the survey, and in those cases where staff members are also parents, it is appropriate for them to take both surveys. Each has less than 10 questions, and most questions ask participants to rank a variety of choices. The survey is completely anonymous, and will remain active until Fall Break. The survey results will then be collected and reviewed by the committee charged with creating the academic calendar, and the final option will be presented to the Board of Education for their approval.
To take the survey, simply click on the link for the appropriate survey:
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The surveys will be active until after Fall Break.