State Survey Results Nothing New for Montrose Educators
MONTROSE – More technological upgrades for schools, a celebration of the Montrose Academic Booster Club's 30th anniversary and new teacher survey data were the highlights of Tuesday's regular Montrose County School Board meeting.
Results from a Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Colorado survey echoed the same areas of concern presented last month during the State of the District summit, which concluded that teachers and administrators lack adequate time for lesson preparation and sufficient access to instructional technology.
Only 41 percent of Montrose County School District staff said they have enough time to meet the needs of all their students, compared to the state average of 53 percent. The study also found that only 46 percent of MCSD teachers have enough time to collaborate with colleagues about students and lesson plans – 14 points under the state average of 60 percent.
The largest discrepancy was found in the category of professional development; 33 percent of MCSD staff said they have enough time for professional development compared to the state average of 68 percent. And 37 percent agreed there are sufficient resources available for professional development – nearly half of the state average of 68 percent.
The survey is anonymous and targets licensed, school-based educators to assess teaching conditions in each school district as well as at the state level. The survey is conducted every couple of years, according to district spokesperson Mindy Baumgardner.
Baumgardner said this year the district had a 65.8 participation rate compared to 2009 which had a 32 percent response rate. To receive results, a participation rate of 50 percent is required.
"It just reinforces that we are heading in the right direction," Baumgardner said.
About 86 percent of all MCSD staff said the district is a good place to work and learn.
District expenditures highlighted at the meeting included a $11,370 purchase of 30 new iPads for Columbine Middle School. The tablet computers will be available to students on a classroom check-out basis. The board also approved a contract to resurface the track at Centennial Middle School. The school raised $35,000 for the project with another $20,000 donated by the City of Montrose.
"The city is very interested in partnering with us," District Superintendent Mark MacHale said.
The board recognized the service of the Montrose Academic Booster Club and its 30 years of service to the district. The club works with 13 district schools each month and recognizes 117 students each year with academic achievement. Baumgardner presented ABC board member Barbara Bynum with a pin recognizing the club's service for the past 30 years.
Bynum addressed the board, stating that 30 years ago the first grant given by the club was for the district's first in-classroom computer at Montrose High School.
The board also approved a facility use agreement with the Child Evangelism Fellowship-Good News Club and the purchase of wireless internet capability for Johnson and Pomona Elementary schools.
Results from the TELL survey can be found at tellcolorado.org/results.