September 13, 2012, Posted by webmaster in Administration

We’re Listening! School District Surveying Citizens

Beginning on or about Saturday, September 15, 2012, phones will be ringing across the Poplar Bluff R-I School District as a comprehensive survey of patron opinion begins. The survey of 400 households will provide insight into what residents think about strengths, challenges, and priorities in the district.

“This survey will give us an outstanding opportunity to hear from a cross-section of our patrons their opinions about our performance, and what our priorities should be for the future,” said Chris Hon, Superintendent of Schools. “We’ll hear from all geographic parts of the district, citizens of all different ages, and people from newcomers to long-term residents.”

The 10- to 15-minute survey will touch on a wide variety of topics, and will include “pick one” type questions, along with opportunities for residents to share their comments.

The survey was designed by Patron Insight, Inc., a Kansas City-based market research organization that has worked with school districts across the Midwest on similar research since 1992. This survey is being done at no cost to the district.

The calling will be done by Kansas City-based Market Research Associates, a firm that uses only locally based, professional researchers. Participants will be selected totally at random, and all responses will be kept completely confidential.

In general, calls will be placed between 7 and 9 p.m. on weekdays, and noon to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. While there may be some variation on those times, no calls will take place during the traditional dinner hour. The caller ID may show “Market Research Associates” or it may simply show an 816 or 913 area code, because the company uses calling facilities in both Missouri and Kansas.

The survey process will take about two weeks to complete, and the district is asking patrons to listen for their phones to ring.

“We really want to hear from you,” said Hon. “So, if you get a phone call on this survey, please participate, and please let us know what you think.”

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