Division launches online budget survey

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County Public Schools launched an online 2017-2018 budget survey to gather feedback on what the community views as high priorities for the school division to prepare for the fast-approaching budget season.

Director of Finance Barbara Stombock said the survey consists of 33 questions in six different categories. The categories include budget funding sources, specialized instructional programs, academic programs, division services and functions, facilities and support services and salaries and benefits.

She said the survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and will remain open for two weeks until Jan. 27.

The survey also asks citizens to describe their relationship with the school division as a parent or guardian of a current student, parent or guardian of a former students, student, employee of the division, community member with no children attending a school in the division or other. Stombock said the results will be aggregated by survey groups to determine how the different groups rank the priorities.

The final results will be made public on the division’s website, she added.

Superintendent Mark Johnston encouraged everyone to share the survey “far and wide.”

“One of the things I find particularly frustrating is often views presented as a majority view when it may just be a few really vocal people,” he said, “so I think instruments like this help us really to get a better and more accurate picture of what people really do believe as a majority and based on, again, their perspectives on public education in our school division.”

The survey can be found on the division homepage at http://shenandoah.k12.va.us or directly at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCPSFY18.

The School Board will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the School Board Office training room to discuss the 2017-2018 budget.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com