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School district’s community survey begins today

By Staff | Feb 1, 2012

The “Have Your Voice Heard” Lee County School District community survey opens today to provide the community and students with an opportunity to weigh in on issues on which the district will make decisions in the near future.

Spokesperson Joe Donzelli said the survey came about from a student assignment perspective. He said since the district decided to do a large comprehensive survey, they decided to add additional areas for input.

The survey, which was made possible through Gibson Consulting Group, will address students’ college and career readiness; specific program offerings; methods of student assignment and parent involvement.

Two surveys will be distributed one for the students in the district and the other for community members.

The student survey will open today for 6th-12th grade students in the district,

They will take it during school hours on campus until Feb. 10.

The second survey, for those 18 years old or older, is available for community members, regardless if they have a child in the school district or not. The survey will close for the community on Feb. 29.

The survey is available in English, Spanish and Creole. A hard copy is available, along with the opportunity for individuals to take online at www.leecountyvoice.comorwww.leeschools.net.

“We want everybody here to know this is going on,” Donzelli said “Rock the vote.”

He said individuals do not have to answer all 30 questions.

“If you don’t want to answer a question, you don’t have to,” Donzelli said.

Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Alberto Rodriguez assured the school board Tuesday afternoon that there are safe guards in place to reduce ballot stuffing or the opportunity to fill numerous ballots out. He said the safe guards will greatly reduce, but not totally eliminate, repetitive filing.

“You normally don’t let your opponents know what your game plan is,” Rodriguez said.

Board Member Jeanne Dozier said it is going to be difficult to say there are discrepancies in the survey because it has been handled so professionally.

Board Member Jane Kuckel said she is eager to see the results.

“I think we have done a great job to give everyone an opportunity,” she said.

A presentation will be provided to the school board from Gibson staff on April 17.