Advocate editorial board opinion: Satisfaction grows in Victoria school district

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Feb. 28, 2011 at 4:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 27, 2011 at 8:28 p.m.

Conducting a poll to see how an organization is doing - especially when those polled have a direct connection or investment in the organization - is a great measuring tool, and one only taken by an organization that wants to improve.

In this case, we are referring to the Victoria Independent School District and the 2010 Harris Interactive School Poll, whose 12,000 respondents were teachers, students and parents. The poll results were released last week.

Superintendent Bob Moore introduced the poll in 2006 to try to find out what needed to be fixed in the school district.

He wasn't afraid of criticism and was ready to address the district's problems. Another Harris Poll in 2008 revealed success and satisfaction. Now, looking at the results of 2010's poll, even more satisfaction and improvement can be accounted for.

"When I came here, I told people that I wanted to address 'the Good, the Bad and the Ugly' and that first Harris School poll showed a lot of ugly. But you learn from the not good, and we grew the bond program in 2007 in large part out of what we saw in the poll and in our community contact processes," Moore said. "And we saw the people were willing to do more than complain about the ugly. They rolled up their sleeves and not only voted their pocketbook, they opened their pocketbooks and told us to make it right. Our new schools are evidence of the community commitment.

Moore said the positive results from the 2010 poll more than confirms the district is on the right track. And he vowed to stay on that path of improvement.

We are encouraged at the satisfaction by all, particularly by parents in the poll - up 7.9 in 2008 to 8.3 - and we praise the district and Moore for their success.

"These results give us praise, but also map out the areas where we still need to do work. That's the philosophy of continuous improvement," Moore said. "Even knowing our work is still cut out for us, we will readily admit we have a smile on our collective faces."

We think that smile is well deserved, and all of us should be smiling at the results.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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