The Blaine County School District’s community survey is now available, after technical difficulties delayed the scheduled Monday launch, according to Communications Director Heather Crocker.

     Designed to amass feedback on the district’s operations and progress, the anonymous, 20-question poll can be found on the BCSD’s website, blaineschools.org, or by following this link for English and this link for Spanish.  

     Issues with the web version delayed the launch until Thursday morning, when the Idaho School Boards Association supplied an accurate link, Crocker said. The association is administering the survey on behalf of the school board, and it will store the anonymous results on its servers separate from district infrastructure. 

     Paper versions in both English and Spanish are available at the district office in Hailey, and in all public schools. Hard-copy results can be mailed directly to the Idaho School Boards Association at Box 9797, Boise, ID, 83707-4797, or placed in locked boxes at each location, Crocker said.

     ISBA Leadership Development Specialist David Brinkman, who helped draft the questionnaire, emphasized that paper responses should not be returned to local school employees.

     “We want to maintain the integrity of the process allowing all voices to be heard,” he told the Idaho Mountain Express. “The board has been clear on their intent—they want to hear from the community. They want the best information so they can improve. They want the surveys to be honest and they do not want a perception of any internal manipulation of the results.”

     The survey is scheduled to run through Dec. 21.

“We want as many people to take this as possible,” Crocker said.

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