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No climate survey in Pinellas this year

For years, the Pinellas school district has asked thousands of its employees what they thought of their schools, their principals, their superintendent, their school board, etc. Besides giving employees a chance to vent or praise, the annual "climate survey" offered everyone, including the public, a fascinating snapshot of the atmosphere at each and every school.

But not this year.

Employees may already know this (since the survey is administered in the spring) but district officials decided to forgo this year's survey. "Instead we're going to look for a survey that better meets our needs," spokeswoman Andrea Zahn told The Gradebook today. "We've done minor tweaks along the way (with the existing survey), but it's not giving us the information we really need."

Last year, more than 7,000 employees, including 5,311 teachers, responded. And like it does every year, the results quickly showed which schools have teachers and administrators who get along, and which do not.

Zahn said she did not know when the decision was made to scrap this year's survey. If we get more information, we'll pass it on.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 10:07am]


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