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Pinellas board members raised questions about lack of climate survey



Not to beat a dead horse (th-wack!), but at least a couple of Pinellas school board members appeared to be in the dark about a district decision to forgo this year's annual climate survey - a decision that was reversed after a May 28 Gradebook post and, it turns out, subsequent questions from board members.

The Gradebook requested board member emails about the survey on June 8, the day after we reported that this year's survey (which is annually filled out by thousands of teachers and other employees) had been resurrected. The district responded to our request on June 16 (and I'm bringing it up now because I was on vacation last week.) Here are the five, short email strings in their entirety, but if you can't open the file, here are the parts that matter:

On June 1, board member Robin Wikle asked Deputy Superintendent Jim Madden why the climate survey had been "discontinued."

Madden responded that night: "We have not discontinued it. We are revising it for this year. The previous one was agreed to be for only a three year period which ended last year."

Wikle wrote back the next morning: "Clarification: So there will be a survey for employees to complete before the end of the school year?"

As far as we can tell, Madden did not respond in writing. Wikle then asked that the email string be forwarded to other board members. That night, board member Linda Lerner asked Madden, "If it is being revised for this year, when will it be completed by our employees for this school year?"

Madden responded the next morning, June 3, saying the "slightly revised" surveys would be sent out over the weekend. The district began emailing them to employees the next day.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 10:08am]


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