Process for Success Seeking Community Input on Facilities Master Plan

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On July 10 phones were ringing across the Derby Public Schools district as a comprehensive survey of community patron opinion began. As the district continues to move forward with a Facilities Master Plan proposal, it is imperative that we have feedback from the community. Due to low attendance and feedback received at community meetings held earlier this year the district has contracted with Patron Insight, a service that helps gather community input. 

Patron Insight formulated questions and made 400 phone calls at random to community members to gain insight into the Facilities Master Plan and possible bond proposal. Phone surveys began July 10 and were completed July 28. The survey of 400 households will provide insight into what residents think about the district’s strengths, challenges and priorities. The 10-15 minute survey touched on a wide variety of topics and will provide opportunities for residents to share their comments. The Derby Public Schools boundaries have been divided into four regions to have equal representation from the entire community. The calling was completed by Kansas City-based Market Research Associates, a firm that uses only locally based, professional researchers. Participants will be selected totally at random, and all responses will be kept completely confidential. 

For those who are not contacted at random by phone, an online version of the survey wad made available in English and Spanish to gather even more input from a wider audience. No e-mail addresses were collected in this process; it is totally confidential. All the answers came straight to Patron Insight, and the district will get a summary report.

Due to the time frame of this additional survey component, the Process for Success steering committee did not meet on June 1 as previously planned. Patron Insight will present a report of their surveys to the Board of Education at the August 28 BOE meeting at City Hall. Following this presentation, each Process for Success steering committee member will also receive the report to review before reconvening again to discuss future plans. Those meeting dates are to be determined after the August 28 meeting.

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