Washington High School: Home of the Blue Jays

The Washington School District plans to send out an electronic survey to all stakeholders — parents, community members, staff and students — as it develops a new five-year strategic plan.

The online survey will help determine the district’s future direction, according to Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer.

School board members Wednesday night approved a $6,700 proposal from Patron Insight, Kansas, to develop a survey for each targeted audience, with input from the board.

“The questions will be written so they’re not biased and a third party will be collecting the data, which is important, as well as independent analysis of the findings,” VanLeer told the board.

Patron Insight will hold an onsite planning meeting with the board to begin the process. Draft surveys will then be presented and adjusted accordingly. For students, there will be some adjustments to make it age-appropriate.

All surveys will be sent out at the same time and the board will be updated on the response county. Patron Insight recommends the surveys remain available for two to three weeks.

Once the data collection window closes, Patron Insight will analyze all of the information and produce a comprehensive report of the findings. Analysis time, according to the proposal, is about seven to 10 business days.

VanLeer said the survey questions and planning meeting will take place next month, and the board will be able to review the survey drafts in November with the finalized surveys ready by December.

The surveys will go online to all audiences in January 2018.

VanLeer said Patron Insight, which the district has worked with in the past, will present the findings to the board in February.

The new strategic plan will guide the district from 2018 through 2023.

School officials also will review achievement and demographic data in the planning process, and a planning committee will be formed.

At a special workshop last month, board members said they desire continuous improvement, which the new plan should reflect.

“They want to be progressive and forward thinking in order to ensure our students are of high character, well prepared, and college and career ready upon graduation,” VanLeer said.

The following themes or potential areas of focus are being considered:

• Safety, Health and Well-Being of Students and Staff.

• Academic Learning.

• Resources, Human and Fiscal.

• Facilities and Physical Learning Environments.

• Family and Community Engagement.

VanLeer said the board determined that the overarching theme centers around innovation.