The survey was launched Wednesday by the school district’s communications committee, led by school board member Eric Fields, and will be available for two weeks.
The survey will be available on school campuses, in other areas of the community in a two-page hard-copy form in both English and Spanish, online at www.argyleisd.com and via the district’s Wingspan System, an e-mail communication program that sends e-mails to parents in the district.
We think the survey is a great idea — and not just for school districts, but for cities and other governmental entities, as well. In fact, counties might want to adopt such surveys to provide feedback for their commissioners’ courts.
But we can certainly understand why all elected officials might not agree. We’ve known some who seemed to be a bit hesitant about seeking input from the public.
That’s an odd thing when you consider that members of the public — read that as taxpayers — are the ones who elect these representatives and pay the bills.
Thus, you might think that elected officials would make communication with their constituents a top priority, but that is not always the case.
In fact, one of the most common complaints we hear from taxpayers is that their elected officials just don’t listen.
That’s not true of every elected official, of course. There are plenty of city council and school board members around who do listen, and some of them actually pay attention.
Others, however, would do well to follow the Argyle school district’s lead and consider conducting a communication survey of their own.
So, if members of your school board or city council aren’t receptive to public opinion, why not suggest that they check out the new survey being implemented in Argyle?
Argyle officials told us that they plan to use information obtained from the surveys to help assess district needs.
We encourage residents of the Argyle school district to take advantage of this opportunity. It’s too good to miss.
And we encourage area school districts and cities that don’t have such a program in place to adopt one — it could pay big dividends.
After all, one of the most effective ways we know of to communicate is by voting in local elections, and those are coming up this spring.