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Plum School District officials plan to launch student survey

Michael DiVittorio
| Thursday, May 24, 2018, 2:36 p.m.
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Plum School District officials want feedback from students on how well the district prepared them to advance.

Administrators plan to offer a survey to fourth, sixth, eighth and twelfth graders by the end of the school year.

Current enrollment figures for those grades are 326, 297, 303 and 308, respectively.

“What we'd like to do is get some baseline data this year, and the hope is that we would know where our kids feel where they are in terms of safety, academics (and) culture,” Superintendent Brendan Hyland said. “We want to know what our kids have to say about going to school in the Plum Borough School District. The hope is we'll get some rich data. We'll find out where we're doing well and find out the areas we need to improve.”

The grade levels were selected because those are the transition years for students starting in 2018-19.

Regency Park Elementary will close and Pivik and Center elementaries will serve K-4, and Holiday Park Elementary School will have fifth and sixth grade as part of a district reconfiguration. Oblock Junior High remains seventh and eighth, and the high school retains 9-12.

All the elementary schools now serve children from kindergarten through sixth grade. Plum's graduation is June 7.

The survey will be posted online through the district's website. A parent survey is in development as well.

“It doesn't hurt to get as much information from students and from our parents. They are our constituents. They are our consumers and we want to try and do whatever we can to make their experience the best possible one that we're able to do.”

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367, mdivittorio@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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