Thursday, October 18, 2018

Pamela Powers

Menomonie school staff survey shows engaged staff, concerns with time to do jobs

MENOMONIE - A survey of Menomonie teachers and staff showed a lot of positive news with 99 percent of those surveyed saying their work contributes to the district. Ninety percent said their colleagues will help them during a heavy workload time.

Staff reported feeling safe in the district with 98 percent reporting they feel safe with co-workers and 97 percent with students.

Eighty seven percent say the district is a good place to work.

“You have a very engaged staff that overall are very satisfied,” said Sue Peterson of School Perceptions. The survey was done by School Perceptions in October for the school district. “There are certain areas you can improve on. It’s an opportunity to celebrate good things happening.”

“I’m very pleased with the result generally,” said Superintendent Joe Zydowsky. “We do have some improvements we need to look forward and work on in a positive direction and make positive movement.”

Fifty one percent of those surveyed feel comfortable sharing ideas.

Only 49 percent said they have enough time to do their jobs effectively, the same amount who reported they were satisfied with their benefits. Only about half of those surveyed felt district administration was responsive.

Support staff in the district appeared to have the most concerns with the district, the survey pointed out.

With state budget cuts it is not surprising those surveyed are concerned about benefits and having enough time to do their jobs, Zydowsky said.

The information will be used to set goals for improvement, Zydowsky said.

There were concerns expressed about not having input into technology purchased by the district. Zydowsky noted the district is on the last year of a five-year computer lease. Teachers are having the opportunity to try out new equipment now and determine if it fits in their classrooms.

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