NORTH SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The North Syracuse Central School District wants to hear from parents, guardians, and students. The district is looking for feedback about different focus areas within the school.
Some of those focus areas include graduation, academic focus, and making students and families feel welcomed in the district. A survey has been sent out to families and students which will help North Syracuse Central School District develop a strategic plan.
“Every district looks to develop a strategic plan to kind of map out their goals and focus areas over four or five years. We’ve concluded with what we’ve had and that was in Vision 2020 and COVID kind of hit and kind of interrupted our next steps. But we started the plan in the Spring of 2021 and usually it takes at least a year to come up with your focus areas, your priorities and where you want to go and allocate your resources for the district,” says Dan Bowles, Superintendent at North Syracuse Central School District.
Bowles added, “What we’re looking at and this is what we want feedback on and that’s why we sent out a survey but areas around graduation, areas around making students and families feel welcome in the district. We have academic focus, looking at reading proficiencies and also looking at the social and emotional well being of students and their families.”
One of they key areas in the survey the district is seeing people focus the most on is the school environment.
“People want to make sure that our schools and our district are providing a welcoming environment where there’s trust, people feel respected and people feel valued and heard,” says Bowles.
Bowles says this survey is crucial for a number of reasons.
“It helps guide you. It allows you to have a focus and a priority for your resources and where you want to make sure your strengths are within the district and every district looks to have a strategic plan, so that they stay on point,” says Bowles.
Once surveys are complete, committee board members in the district will meet every few weeks to go over survey results to help put together the district’s plan.
The district is reminding families and students who haven’t filled out the survey, to do it soon. The deadline ends on Friday, November 12.