Keller district officials are hoping for widespread input in the first community survey that will be coordinated by K12 Insight, a research firm specializing in educational surveys.“This will be a baseline year for us,” said Superintendent Randy Reid. “The real value is in trending data. For instance, if a lot of people are unhappy with an area, we can look next year to see if the trend is going in the right direction.”The online survey, which opened April 29 and will close May 13, covers general district issues and will go to parents, community members and employees and will also be available on the district website, kellerisd.net.Trustees approved a contract with K12 Insight in December to administer surveys and compile results. The district is paying $85,000 this year, then $134,000 (or $4 per student) for three years with an annual option to discontinue the service. The firm works with more than 300 school districts, including Northwest, Hurst-Euless-Bedford and Lewisville.Jesse Leib, senior vice president for Insight, spoke to officials at the December board meeting. He said the firm specializes in making sure every perspective is heard and helping districts educate stakeholders about challenges.Next year, the company will conduct surveys involving just students, some targeting parents, one for the entire community and multiple employee initiatives.Reid said officials plan to conduct another survey before the end of this school year asking parents to weigh in about individual campuses.This first survey concentrates on central office functions, planning and decision making, among other topics.Part of the service Insight provides is compiling data and helping districts develop strategies for effective communication. Reid said results would be posted on the district website and could be used to help develop annual goals.“It can be one source but not our sole source of progress,” he said.For more information or to request a hard copy of the survey, contact the district communications office at 817-744-1021.
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