D-303 gets high marks from parents

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles School District 303 continued to receive a passing grade from parents in its annual survey conducted last month.

Mark Pomplun, the district’s executive director of assessment and accountability, presented highlights of the results to the school board’s Community Relations Committee on Monday.

Nearly 2,400 parents – along with about 950 employees and 9,700 students – participated in the survey, which is done to support school improvement.

On average, parents gave teachers, their children’s school, curriculum and buildings high marks, as each category scored above a 4.0 on a 5.0-point scale.

The Board of Education, however, ranked the lowest of seven “graded” categories, falling into the C to B range. It earned a 3.76, down from 3.87 the previous year.

Board members acknowledged the grade later in the meeting when considering a request from St. Charles Education Association President Pam Turriff.

Turriff asked that board members “adopt” specific schools, meaning they would occasionally visit, attend events and tour buildings.

“We are proud of what we do as teachers,” Turriff said.

To cover the district’s 17 schools, board President Steve Spurling said it would require the seven board members to take on multiple schools.

“We’re spread pretty thin as it is,” he said.

Corinne Pierog acknowledged an increased board member presence could boost public perception about the board and suggested members visit schools and attend events voluntarily.

“It’s a commitment that we make to each other,” she said.

Other board members agreed and noted they could share their experiences during board meetings.

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