Tallmadge City Schools' community survey under way

by Holly Schoenstein | reporter Published:

Tallmadge -- Data collection for the Tallmadge City School District's community survey wrapped up last week.

The district hired polling company Fallon Research & Communications Inc. to call residents at random to ask for their opinions on a variety of topics relating to the school district.

Steve Wood, business director for the school district, said the survey had about 30 questions and took about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

"It's something we're doing as part of the overall strategic planning effort of the district," he said, adding the school district put the five-year strategic plan in motion in 2011.

"One of the goals was to do an assessment of the community's perspective on our schools, our teachers, whether or not they're getting their tax dollars' worth, conditions of buildings, facilities, programs," he continued. "A pretty comprehensive analysis or study with the community."

The school district paid the polling company about $10,000, which included the development, tabulation, reporting and advising of the multilingual survey, Wood said.

The polling company started contacting residents Feb. 18 and continued until enough surveys were completed, he said.

Superintendent Jeff Ferguson said the results of the survey should be known sometime this month.

"Like other Ohio [school] districts who have undergone such efforts, we look forward to hearing from a representative cross section of Tallmadge," Wood said. "We will learn what folks like about what we are doing, where their concerns are and what we should be focusing on going forward. We especially are interested in the community's perspectives concerning our aging facilities."

Contact this reporter at 330-541-9428 or hschoenstein@recordpub.com

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