And the survey says
Private company to disclose Cazenovia School District's survey results
By Willie Kiernan
Bob Dubik has been searching for information for four years, ever since he took on the job of Cazenovia's Superintendent of schools.
"I ask people all the time, how can we improve?" Dubik said.
After presiding over five community forums per year with little response, this year Dubik spearheaded a district-wide survey that was offered online as well as in paper form. While not overwhelming, the response was healthy, according to RMS, the research company who will discuss their findings at a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday Jan. 14 in the Cazenovia High School auditorium.
"They not only did the survey, they also organized two focus groups of 15 members each," Dubik said.
RMS, Research and Marketing Strategies, conducted the survey during the fall for several weeks. President Mark Dengler and research associate George Kuhn have put together a Power Point presentation for the public meeting to break down the numbers and offer professional interpretations.
"They'll both be there to present their findings," Dubik said.
Of the 2,300 households eligible for the survey, 467 responded, which is about 20 percent. Two-thirds of the eligible households do not have kids in the school system. However, two-thirds of the responses were from parents with kids in the system.
"One thing that jumped out was a difference people without children going to school," Dubik said.
Regarding school information, 89 percent relied on the Blue and Gold, 68 percent relied on the Cazenovia Republican and 52 percent on the district web site.
"Generally, three quarters of the community were somewhat satisfied of the overall performance," Dubik said. "It's about a seven or eight on a scale of one to 10."
The focus groups, a combination of representatives from the community, met for about an hour and a half each with RMS to discuss what concerns they had involving the district. Represented within the groups were: parents with students enrolled, parents without students enrolled, senior citizens, teachers, PTA, parents with special needs, the Preservation Foundation, elected officials, the Lake Association and others.
"There was no problem finding willing volunteers for these groups," Dubik said. "In fact, RMS was surprised at how many came forward."
At the public meeting, RMS will focus on the school's five-year plan, facilities improvements, the overall satisfaction with the district, the demographics and public relations.
"We want the people to come to hear what the community has to say and we want to hear the response from the community," Dubik said. "They can review the survey online ahead of time and come with questions."
The survey can be accessed at caz.cnyric.org.