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Harris poll delivers results

Steamboat board gets survey numbers

— Chris Moessner used temperature to help explain the purpose of the Harris Interactive School Poll to the Steamboat Springs School Board, Superintendent Donna Howell and administrators at Monday’s study session.

A temperature often signals the onset of an illness. Perceptions that a school is not safe, the belief administrators communicate poorly with teachers or the idea that the Steamboat Springs School District improperly spends taxpayers’ dollars serve as symptoms of potential problems.

The purpose of the Harris poll was to ask district students, teachers and parents a series of questions to gauge opinion about a broad range of issues.



“This survey did not to go out and find problems,” Moessner said. “It’s designed to find symptoms of potential problems. It is your opportunity to learn from this survey and go ask additional questions. You look for symptoms and you drive it toward solutions.”

Survey results for the four district schools – Steamboat Springs High School, Steamboat Springs Middle School, Soda Creek Elementary School and Strawberry Park Elementary School – and the district overall are equal to above the mean scores in the Harris database.



“You are about equal to what we see, so that’s a good sign,” Moessner said. “The more satisfied students are, the more able they are to learn. The more satisfied employees are, the more productive they are, and satisfied parents are more involved.”

Elementary students indicated they are most satisfied with their teachers (8.7) and computer technology (8.4). Secondary students, which include middle and high school students, are most satisfied with computer technology (7.6), the quality of teaching (7.5) and the school counselor (7.4).

Ratings are on a 1-to-10 scale.

“Technology scores are pretty darn high,” Moessner said. “But those kids who don’t think it meets those needs opens a door to ask questions. Technology is strong. If this number starts going down, catch up.”


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