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Parents influence district planning, budget
One of the district’s goals is community engagement. Last spring, we asked parents questions about district programs and initiatives. That information was used in the district’s budgeting and strategic planning processes. Parent survey responses made a difference. Here are examples of specific actions taken to respond to last year’s survey results. Other responses informed planning processes that have not yet been completed.

What we learned:
Parents are most interested in adding Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as the focus if new Choice Schools are added.

What we did:
A new Choice elementary school is being added to the east side of the district, at Mead Elementary School. The focus of that Choice School will be STEM.

What we learned:
Parents were interested in more support materials or opportunities for learning how to use Haiku, now PowerSchool Learning.

What we did:
Additional online information has been added to the district website, including a Troubleshooting PowerSchool Learning for LWSD Parents page. Some schools have also held sessions to help parents learn how to use PowerSchool Learning to support their students.

What we learned:
Many parents were interested in accessing the district website on mobile phones and tablets. Fewer parents actually were accessing the website on mobile phones and tablets. That reflects a website design that is not mobile friendly.

What we did:
In developing a new website, tablet and mobile friendly design was a key criterion in the search for a new web provider. The new site, which is going into preview, is designed for easy viewing on mobile devices. In addition, the district changed to a mobile-friendly design for the district parent newsletter, Connections. It also provided a mobile-friendly template for school newsletters, which is now being used by ten schools in a pilot program.

Thank you to all parents who took last year’s survey. Your feedback is very important to us.

This year’s survey is open through April 17. Click on this link to take the survey.

 

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