Surveys and Engagement

Superintendent Search Survey and Focus Groups (Dec. 2017 - Jan. 2018)

The District 181 Board of Education welcomed input from all stakeholders to help inform the selection of an incoming superintendent. Feedback was sought via focus groups and an online survey on the District’s strengths and challenges, as well as skills and characteristics to seek in a superintendent, to provide the Board with data used to help screen and interview the finalists. Letters and emails were also welcomed. Additionally, the Board’s partner in the superintendent search process, BWP and Associates, conducted meetings with PTO Presidents, community members on Board committees, and groups of representative teachers, support staff, and administrators. During BWP's update on the search process at the Board Business meeting on January 16, 2018, they shared the survey results and the leadership profile they created based on themes heard via community input:

Spring Parent and Staff Surveys (Spring 2017)

The Spring 2017 Parent and Staff Surveys were open in May and June 2017. The survey addressed several key areas within the District's Strategic Plan and the Plan itself. A comprehensive survey analysis was shared with the Board of Education on June 26, 2017.

CSCI Climate Survey (December 2016)

We have a separate webpage focused on the Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI) survey that was administered in December 2016.

Strategic Planning Survey (Fall 2015)

From October 25, 2015 through November 8, 2015, the Board of Education welcomed community input via an online survey open to parents, residents, and staff. We invite you to learn more about the Strategic Plan process and the survey designed by ECRA Group, Inc.

Facilities-Focused Research (2014 - 2016)

  • A Staff Facilities Survey was opened in April and May 2014. The survey was designed to help guide the Facilities Committee in supporting the planning of long-term facility needs over the following several years by gathering feedback from employees about each school. The survey addressed a variety of building components, ranging from green space and classroom size to visitor parking and safety. In September 2015, we welcomed community and feedback on design concepts created by three architectural firms for the potential construction of a new Hinsdale Middle School. That feedback was gathered to inform (1) the Facilities Committee's rankings of the three firms, (2) the Board of Education's decision making, and (3) any future design work should new construction move forward. Additionally, all community members and staff were invited to complete a comprehensive survey on facilities options (i.e. renovation vs new construction) and District performance. Results and further details on these surveys can be accessed on our Facilities Master Plan webpage.
  • In April 2016, we invited residents, staff, and employees of local businesses to complete an online survey seeking input on the failed March 2016 referendum and next steps for HMS. Our partner firm also conducted a phone survey with 500 D181 residents. We then held two round-table engagement events to welcome further feedback in a conversational format. Reports and presentations from that work are available on the now-archived HMS Referendum webpage.

Questions on Surveys

Questions about surveys and community engagement can be directed to the Communications Department at 630.861.4924.

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