School survey delayed
Sheryl Miller, the district’s public information specialist, said she does not know of anyone who has received a survey, but several have called to say they didn’t get one.
Officials are confident the surveys will arrive, and recipients should disregard the survey’s stated deadline of May 28, Miller said.
The survey is being conducted by The Studer Group, a management-consulting agency that is working to revamp district management practices.
Surveys are supposed to reveal how satisfied parents are with the education their children are receiving. The results will be one of a variety of data that will be used to evaluate the performances of district administrators.
Paul Frederick, who is conducting the survey for The Studer Group, said the post office in Florida that handled the bulk mailing had never handled such a big one before, resulting in administrative delays.
More than 11,000 surveys were sent. “Every person who has a student in Janesville (public schools) should get one,” Frederick said.
“We ask for your patience and understanding in the delay,” the district’s announcement reads. “Upon receipt of the survey, please return your completed survey to The Studer Group in the enclosed postage-paid envelope. We thank you for your cooperation to help us become the best district in the country. If you have any further comments or questions, please contact us at (608) 743-5000.”
Miller said there is no new deadline for returning the surveys, yet: “Until we know when they arrive here, that’s kind of hard to set.”
Meanwhile, Frederick is crunching the numbers from a survey of district teachers that was completed earlier. Well over 95 percent of teachers responded, Frederick said.