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Abbotsford school district releases survey results

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The results of a major public consultation by Abbotsford school district have been unveiled.

Last summer, the school district asked parents, employees and community leaders to share their thoughts about what they felt the district was doing well, where it could improve, and what skills students need for a successful future.

More than 2,600 people responded.

Participants highlighted a number of positive features of the school district, and chief among them were: quality of teachers and staff, good communication between school and home, a focus on reading, and access to computers and technology.

The top skills that participants felt young people needed for successful futures were: communication skills, accountability and personal responsibility, problem-solving skills, academic basics and respect.

“We have been carefully reviewing the feedback, and have a better understanding of how we can continue to enhance the educational experience we provide for students,” said Cindy Schafer, chair of the board of education.

“This feedback is vital to the ongoing work of our board’s strategic plan. It is reaffirming to have many of the ideas provided align with the six major themes of our current strategic plan."

She said the results from the district-wide consultation – the largest ever undertaken – helps to show where the district should direct its efforts and resources.

The results can be viewed online at http://tinyurl.com/nv9ngtp.

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