Community input on proposed SSA investments

Community  /  Employees  /  Parents Student working on math at a desk with Education Director Andy Long

Earlier this fall, we asked our community to complete a survey and attend several community meetings to give us your investment priorities. Next school year, the District expects to begin receiving about $8 million in new Student Success Act (SSA) state funds to invest in our schools, and we needed to hear how you think it should be spent. And you told us.

During a Jan. 28 School Board workshop, the District unveiled proposals for how to invest those funds. The list of proposals were directly informed by the input provided by our community — families, students, staff and community partners.

Community Members sitting around a table at the board workshop

Many thanks to all who filled out the survey and who attended our Your Voice Matters listening sessions. These exciting proposed improvements for our students all came from you.

Unfortunately, the preliminary list amounts to more than $16 million worth of investments, and we have access to only $8 million. During the Jan. 28 workshop, more than 50 community members joined the School Board and District Administrators to begin the process of deciding what stays and what must go. We now begin the process of analyzing this new feedback to narrow the list. By the end of February, our School Board must approve a final plan.

Four documents are linked below. The first is a two-page summary of the survey that provides total responses to questions asking you to rank both the priority areas and the spending categories. The second document is a more in-depth, 18-page look at responses to the same questions, but broken down into various demographic, racial and ethnic groupings. The third document is a Community Feedback Report, a written narrative that summarizes the results of our SSA survey, as well as comments by community members included in the survey.

The fourth document is the initial list of proposals that were unveiled during the Jan. 28 Board Workshop. Based on community feedback, a revised, narrowed down plan will go to the School Board next month.

Results: Summary Report

Results: Detailed Report

Community Feedback Report

Student Investment Account Initiatives