The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Breaking News

Clinton

March 26, 2014

Answers to enrollment questions sought

CLINTON — A survey of approximately 220 families who open enroll their children out of the Clinton School District continues, and Clinton School Board members haven’t reached the results they had hoped for.

To this point, about 80 families have responded to the survey, only 36 percent -- a number that has some board members frustrated during the process.

“It’s been frustrating but, we were kind of prepared for that,” board member Dana Evers said. “We really want to have a conversation with these people, just to let them know their voices are important to us but it hasn’t been easy reaching them.”

Some board members have had better luck than others reaching their allocated recipients -- about 30 families were distributed to each member -- but nearly all of them have come back with about half actually participating in the survey.

One of the biggest issues the surveyors have faced is making sure the contact information they have for each family is accurate. Board member Eric Gettes said that has been their biggest obstacle thus far.

“The problem is we all have contact information for these families but not all of it is correct,” he said. “Out of the 30 or so people I have tried to contact, probably 14 of them have an incorrect phone number listed.”

The value of getting feedback from the parents or guardians of families who have chosen to open enroll their children to other school districts is something that cannot be matched. Because of that, the school board is planning one final push to reach out to those elusive prospects they have not yet been in touch with.

It is the only opportunity they have to truly understand why people have chosen to leave the Clinton School District.

“We have sat down and kind of speculated as to why parents decide to open enroll but that’s just it -- speculation, there is nothing substantial to any of that,” Gettes said. “Of course the more people we can get to participate the better our results will be so if we can get at least 100 families I would be pretty happy with that.”

School board members also encourage families who open enroll to reach out to them as well either through the district administration office or by their personal phone numbers listed on the Clinton School District website.

The survey deadline will be April 21 so the results can be compiled and presented at the Clinton School Board’s Committee of the Whole meeting on that date.

1
Text Only
Clinton
  • BREAKING: Arbitrator rules in favor of Clinton firefighters

    Gallagher rules in favor of Union's wages and insurance proposals over the city's.

    July 23, 2014

  • 7-23-14 3B-Photo, Clinton baseball Kings feel re-energized (with VIDEOS & PHOTO ALBUM)

    CLINTON -- There’s nothing like a postseason run to get the juices flowing again and jumpstart a baseball season that at times was trying.The atmosphere around the Clinton High School program is upbeat these days. One game away from a second consecut

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • At the pool Summer heat may be temporary (wtih VIDEO)

    CLINTON — Just two days past the mid-point of summer, Clinton recorded its first 90 degree day of the season.Though it's not a very common summer trend in the Clinton area, there have actually been several July months over the years that never even r

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Best of the East enters town today CLINTON — After seeing some new scenery in the eastern portion of the Midwest League, the Clinton LumberKings are back home to welcome the top two teams from the opposite division — the West Michigan Whitecaps, who have won on average six out of ever

    July 23, 2014

  • Shooting investigation continues CLINTON — An investigation continues in the weekend shooting of a 22-year-old woman.Clinton Police Capt. Bill Greenwalt confirmed Monday that police are not considering the shooting to be accidental. He said that Ciara Donley, 22, was walking between

    July 23, 2014

  • Airport Photo 1 Construction pushed back

    CLINTON — Weather-related setbacks have pushed completion of the Clinton Municipal Airport renovation to late August at the earliest. Construction originally was slated to be completed in March, airport manager Mike Nass said.“It’s been a wet spring

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Mayor walks out on closed sessions CLINTON — Citing recent legal woes endured by the Clinton City Council, Mayor Mark Vulich stepped away from two separate closed session discussions on Tuesday’s agenda.“Because of previous legal matters, I will not be participating,” Vulich said. The

    July 23, 2014

  • Students get first-hand look at non-profits CLINTON — An upcoming event will showcase Clinton area’s non-profits to incoming Ashford University students.The second Fresh START (Serving to Achieve Results Together) event will be held Saturday, Aug. 16. Students and staff members will serve at v

    July 23, 2014

  • Police search for suspects in boat thefts CLINTON — Clinton police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person or the people who stole two boats and damaged another boat approximately a week ago in the Clinton Marina area.Clinton Police Capt. Bill Greenwalt confirmed that two

    July 23, 2014

  • County to assist with road project CLINTON — Clinton County will apply for federal funds to assist the city of Low Moor with a road project.County Engineer Todd Kinney said Monday during the Board of Supervisors meeting that a road rehabilitation is needed on the first quarter mile or

    July 23, 2014

Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

Facebook