Otsego quizzing residents PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 26 December 2013 10:05
TONTOGANY - Otsego Local Schools are distributing surveys throughout the community to gather input as they prepare for strategic planning.
"We want to involve them in then district and clearly talk about our vision and mission and really invite everyone to participate" about what is working and not working, said Superintendent Adam Koch in a recent interview.
The surveys are being distributed through a variety of means - via Koch's weekly email updates, through the Otsego Knights website and in hard-copy form at each of the district's village halls, as well as local churches, libraries, school offices and post offices.
The surveys come in two types: a parent survey, which consists of more than 50 questions, and a community survey, with more than 20 questions.
"And from the survey data, we're going to then put together a strategic plan and to involve all stakeholders."
Koch hopes that the surveys will point out the strengths and weaknesses in the district, as well as provide feedback on proposed programs like all-day kindergarten, additional technology use in the schools and other measures.
"One thing that we can get out of the survey is determining what the community will support. The changes we do make, we want it to be an all-stakeholder involved decision."
"We want to accomplish things together," Koch continued, "and to involve and engage those community members and determine what we want to support in the future, and go from there."
Electronic surveys will close on Jan. 10, and all paper copies must arrive on or before that date to: Community Survey c/o Otsego Local Schools, PO Box 290, Tontogany, OH 43565.
Those who cannot find a copy of the survey and cannot go online are asked to call Koch at 419-823-4381.

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