SURVEY SAYS...Most pleased with school environment

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE -- How do teachers and school administrators feel about the facilities and resources they are provided by the local district?

As part of the evaluation process of each superintendent in Kentucky, a survey was conducted with school employees in the buildings being asked to comment on eight areas ranging from internet service to the condition of the facilities.

A final question asked if their school was a good place to work and learn.

Superintendent Keith Davis recently presented the results to the board members.

"I am very pleased with the results," said Davis. "I think it shows that we are making an effort to provide a safe, positive learning environment for our students and the staff understands and recognizes that."

In the first question, the number of those who responded to the survey who were in agreement or strongly agreed that teachers have access to instructional technology was 83 percent, compared to 78 in 2011. The state average in 2013 was 82.

This related to the access to computers, printers, software and internet.

The next question dealt with access of reliable communication technology, which includes phones, faxes and e-mail.

Of those answering, 96 percent agreed or were in strong agreement with the statement. This was the same percentage at 2011 but two points higher than the state average.

The number who agreed that teachers had sufficient access to office equipment and supplies -- such as copy machines, paper and pens -- was a bit lower.

Local teachers and administrators gave it a mark of 86, which was one percent higher than the state and three higher than 2011.

Bullitt County figures dropped slightly behind the state when asked if teachers had access to a broad range of professional support personnel.

The state's average of 84 percent was higher than Bullitt County's 83 percent. The local mark was still higher than the 77 percent recorded in 2011.

Of those who answered the survey, 86 percent felt the local schools were clean and well-maintained. This was one point higher than the state and two points higher than the 2011 marks.

Eight-five percent of the teachers felt there was enough space to work productively. That fell two points behind the state but two percent higher than 2011.

Another question the county fell just below the state mark was in the area of physical environment of classrooms support teaching and learning.

Bullitt County had an 85 percent mark, while the state had 87 percent. 

The reliability and speed of internet connections was not a problem with Bullitt County educators.

The district received a favorable mark with 86 percent of the respondents, much higher than the 76 percent statewide. In 2011, the local mark of satisfaction was 85 percent.

A final overall question dealt with the schools being a good place to work and learn.

Davis was pleased with the 85.2 percent mark recorded in 2011. But he was really pleased with the 90.1 percent recorded in 2013.

"It is a broad measure but one that I believe flows from the increasing sense of pride that comes from being part of a successful school district where there is a definite sense of common purpose and support from the community, including our Board of Education members," said Davis.

During his presentation to the board, Davis pointed out two questions that dealt with the physical environment of the classroom and the adequate space to work.

In those questions, Davis said the Maryville Elementary staff was very low in its marks. In the physical environment question, Davis said only 26 percent at Maryville agreed or strongly agreed. Mount Elementary Elementary agreed 58 percent. The rest of the schools were at 87 percent in agreement.

In both schools, Davis said the facility plan calls for interior classroom walls to be constructed.

He said his goal is to have the facility planning group meet to get these projects underway.

At Lebanon Junction Elementary, which underwent a major renovation a few years ago, the teachers and staff were 100 percent in agreement with the classroom statement.

While board members did not make any comments, Davis said he was pleased with the results.

"That says good things about our teachers and our environment," said Davis.

For each of the general categories, there were a number of questions asked.