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School district gauges community needs in survey

November 11, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

The Marshalltown Community School District is hosting a Community Needs Survey on its website and at schools to try and gauge how the community feels about the district.

The survey, which began last month, is required as part of an upcoming site visit by the Department of Education.

It is designed not only for school parents, but also for all community members.

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"We really want a community perspective on this, so it just doesn't have to be a parent," said Jason Staker, communications manager with the school district.

Staker said the district hopes to learn what it is doing right and ways it can improve.

"We hope to learn overall satisfaction with various aspects of MCSD programming," Staker said. "I see this assessment as a starting point."

The district will also look at the demographics of those being surveyed to see if there are certain groups of people not satisfied on how the district can serve them better.

The survey, which is listed in both English and Spanish, is on the website of Marshalltown Schools at There are also print copies available at all of the schools and the district office.

It will be available through the end of November and more than 700 surveys have already been compiled by the district.

For more information about the survey, contact Staker at 641-754-1000.



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