Reynoldsburg City Schools wants to hear from you.

On Feb. 18, the district launched an online survey to gauge feedback on a variety of subjects including finances, enrollment and growth.

The survey, in which the respondents will remain anonymous, contains 12 multiple-choice questions and three asking for written replies, including identifying the No. 1 “concern’ in the district. The survey also asks for voluntary requests for demographic information.

The survey is expected to take five to 10 minutes to complete and will be available online through Feb. 28, said district spokesperson Valerie Wunder.

The questions are multiple choice, and there is a space to provide comments. They seek feedback on topics including student discipline, building maintenance and “accepting open-enrollment students.”

“The idea is to gain information about where they see our needs and our wants. What are their priorities and what do they want to see happen,” Superintendent Melvin Brown said. “We want to get as much input as possible. We’re interested in that feedback, be it positive or negative. If you’re dissatisfied with where we are, then give us an opportunity to address these issues.

“I don’t care if they’re a teacher, a custodian, a businessperson, a banker. We want their opinion.”

The online survey is part of “research-based communications consulting services” provided by Cleveland-based Burges & Burges Strategists.

The board of education in August approved a $36,000 contract with the firm for about six months of work, including community surveys and polls, review of the district’s communication plans and to “carefully review and analyze the growth of the district and community and how both have dealt with rapid growth and associated programs and funding,” according to the contract.

The district held six group “listening sessions” with classified and nonclassified staff, parents and community stakeholders, Wunder said.

Results from those sessions and the survey will be compiled in an effort to “measure public perceptions of the schools, facility and capital needs and the cost, benefit and importance of meeting those needs,” according to the contract.

The district is projected to be in the red by fiscal 2021, with a deficit of an estimated $12.9 million looming by 2024, according to the five-year forecast presented by treasurer Tammy Miller in November.

Responses to questions on district finances will be “critical to helping the board make wise decisions about any future millage or operating or construction needs,” Miller said. “The schools should reflect the community.”

State funding – about $39.7 million – accounts for nearly half of the district’s revenue and is projected to remain flat.

District voters last approved an operating levy in May 2010. Enrollment has climbed 23.5% since the 2011-12 school year, according to district enrollment data.

Brown said he expects the results will be presented to the board in the spring and shared with parents.

The district wants feedback from as many people as possible, Brown said, regardless of whether they have children in the district.

“We want to be able to give some feedback to the community,” he said. “A strong school district equals a strong community and vice versa.”

The survey can be found at research.zarca.com/survey.aspx?k=SsUPVXsSTVsPsPsP&lang=0&data=

Those wishing to complete a paper version of the survey should contact Wunder at 614-501-5790 or email her at valerie.wunder@reyn.org to request a copy via mail.

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