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Parent leaders mostly satisfied with Pinellas schools



Every month, the heads of Pinellas school parent-teacher associations and School Advisory Committees meet with Superintendent Mike Grego on key issues. The group is called the Parent Leadership Cadre, and in January, the district sent out a survey to gauge their satisfaction with Pinellas schools.

The results, outlined in a memo sent to school board members on Friday, suggest these highly-involved parent leaders are somewhat satisfied. About 58 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with their experience with the school system; 27 percent said they are very satisfied, while 12 percent indicated they are dissatisfied.

The survey also asked the Parent Leadership Cadre about which factors are most important to them when selecting a school. Unsurprisingly, 81 percent indicated that academic offerings is a key factor. Quality of teacher was cited next, by 77 percent of participants, while safety ranked third at 69 percent.

Of those Cadre members who responded, two-thirds have children in elementary school, 31 percent have children in middle grades, and 38 percent have children in high school. Nearly 70 percent have children attending a zoned neighborhood school, while 23 percent have at least one child at a themed application program and 8 percent have a child at a career-focused application program.

A survey on the district's communications with families was sent out to the Cadre this month.

[Last modified: Monday, March 24, 2014 10:47am]


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