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Survey Shows Strong Community Support for Discussions Between Superintendent and Education Commissioner on Repurposing Proposal for Pearce Middle School
July 21, 2009 - Austin School District officials today released preliminary survey results from the Community Meeting that was held Wednesday, July 15, at Pearce Middle School. The survey was to poll parents, students, staff, community members and others on the five options available for the future of the campus. In addition, the survey was placed on the AISD Website to gain further community input. The online survey ran from Wednesday evening, July 15, through Monday morning, July 20.
Results of the survey of attendees at the Community Meeting are as follows:
Of the 215 total respondents on the meeting survey, 171 completed the demographic item on the survey, as follows: Parent = 63; Student = 4; AISD Staff = 26; Community Member = 78.
Of the 235 persons responding to the survey online, following are the preference results:
All of the 235 total respondents on the online survey completed the demographic item on the online survey, as follows: Parent = 11; Student = 3; AISD Staff = 155; Community Member = 66.
Combined survey responses from the Community Meeting and those submitted online show that a total of 262 respondents or 58.2 percent supported Option 2 "Submit a repurposing proposal for 2009-2010 based on discussions between the Superintendent and Commissioner."
It is encouraging to see so many staff, parents and community leaders voice their opinions and offer suggestions on the future of Pearce Middle School, said Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen. I considered these survey results as I formulated options on how we move forward to create a repurposing plan for Pearce. I see this as a huge step forward in rebuilding trust among the community, the Board and the Superintendent.
Although the Texas Education Commissioner has ordered the campus closed, AISD projects that when final Accountability Ratings are released by the state on July 31, all student groups at Pearce will meet the 2009 standards for reading, math, social studies, and writing. The one subject area where Pearce students failed to meet the 2009 state standards is science, and even then, all student groups showed an increase over the 2008 passing rates.
When the federal No Child Left Behind accountability results are released in early August, AISD projects that Pearce will receive the Met Adequate Yearly Progress designation.
According to state law relating to school repurposing, the school board is required to hold a public hearing, approve the repurpose proposal, and formally submit the plan to TEA. Carstarphen said she expects to have her recommendations on Pearce, as appropriate, for a Special Board Meeting by Monday, August 3, at the latest.
The Superintendent said that additional community input is welcome. A comment telephone line and a comment box on the District Website have opened. Callers may leave a recorded message at 414-9101, and written comments online at www.austinisd.org .
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