Make us your home page


Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Pasco school district prepares for another round of climate surveys



Pasco public school students and employees again will have the chance to share their views on their district and schools this fall, as the district embarks upon another round of climate surveys.

This time out, though, Gallup Inc. will run the show rather than the district.

"I don't want people to feel like they can't answer honestly because they are being watched," assistant superintendent Amelia Larson said. "So we decided to get out of the middle of it."

Such a concern arose last spring at Connerton Elementary, where superintendent Kurt Browning removed the principal amid allegations that she had attempted to gain access to the confidential responses.

The district has held a contract with Gallup in the past. This week the board expanded the agreement, for a total cost of $125,000, to include the added research.

Students will participate in a national survey on engagement with their education. Staff will get questions added by the district, focused on issues such as evaluations, communication, leadership and local changes. The surveys are to take place in November, with results due in January.

"We really want true feedback so we can make adjustments and move forward," Larson said

Last year, the school surveys revealed problems at campuses including Sunlake High and Fox Hollow Elementary that had not gotten much attention in the past. Superintendent Kurt Browning made leadership changes at those schools over the summer.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 3, 2013 2:17pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours