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Salem school district tries communitywide survey

SALEM — The school district is reaching out beyond students’ parents to get a better grasp of what the community thinks of the district and how it can improve communications throughout Salem as a whole.

Earlier this week, the district sent out a little over 6,000 postcards to registered voters in town. On the postcards are links to a web survey asking for feedback about the school system and individual schools.

“This is the outcome of the Community Engagement Committee,” said Superintendent Michael Delahanty. The results of the survey will be used to gather data about the district from the community at large.

The postcards were sent to a selection of residents on the town’s voter checklist, according to Delahanty. Anyone from Salem who did not receive a link to the survey but wants to take part can pick up a paper copy at the Town Hall, senior center, or the Salem Boys and Girls Club.

“It’s important that people know that if they did not get a postcard but want to provide feedback, that they will have an opportunity to do so,” said Delahanty. “The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete.”

Included on the survey are questions about the taker’s demographics, use of school facilities, and overall opinion of the school district.

The survey also includes questions about how people would best like to receive information from the district. There is room at the end of the survey for general comments.

Delahanty said there was consideration of posting the survey on the district website, but he said mailing the postcards out would better ensure that data came from Salem residents.

Board member Patricia Corbett said the members of the Community Engagement Committee put in an exceptional amount of time to make sure the survey gets good results.

“I hope we are going to get some great feedback,” she said.

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