Survey to provide feedback for district

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Commentary by Supt. Beth Niedermeyer

One of the key goals I’ve focused on since joining Noblesville Schools last year has been developing relationships with the community.

I’ve pursued this through my roles on the Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Development Council and Youth Assistance Program boards, my outreach with parent teacher organizations and our school community advisory committee, my attendance at local meetings and functions, and through my Table Talk initiative.

I hope you know already that Table Talk is an open forum where the public is invited to join me the second Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Noble Coffee & Tea to discuss questions, suggestions and concerns about Noblesville Schools.

I’ve also spent significant time reaching out to school staff and in one-on-one meetings with parents.

All of these connections have given me a sense about how people feel Noblesville Schools is performing. However, the discussions I’ve had haven’t touched on all relevant topics or been representative of all citizens in the community.

That’s why we’ve decided to launch a community-wide survey seeking feedback on the district. It’s been more than five years since Noblesville Schools sought this type of comprehensive feedback, and a lot has changed in our district and the Noblesville community during that time.

Our desire as a district is to have a clear understanding of expectations on several issues that we will face in the coming years ahead from all of our stakeholders in the community. Feedback from the survey will provide us critical guidance for future strategic planning, communications and budgeting.

It’s also important for us to have a deep understanding of the community’s performance and financial expectations of us as our current operating referendum, that covers the shortfall of state funding, draws to a close and we consider a referendum vote next year.

The survey will be coming this fall, takes only about 10 minutes to complete and will be available online to Noblesville residents. Please look for details about how to take the survey coming soon via U.S. mail and email.

Thank you so much for your assistance with this survey initiative. Your input is very much appreciated!

Dr. Beth Niedermeyer is the superintendent at Noblesville Schools. To contact her, email beth_niedermeyer@nobl.k12.in.us or call 773-3171, ext. 10500.

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