January 30, 2007
When you want to know how your child is doing in school, you look for answers on their report card, but how do you measure how well a teacher, or school superintendent is doing?
Charlottesville's School Superintendent is hoping to find out.
Charlottesville's City Schools' Superintendent Rosa Atkins oversees operations for nine schools serving more than 4,000 children. Only on the job for six months, some parents believe Atkins, has already made an imprint on the school division.
"It seems like she is on top of everything as far as what the teachers are doing, how they are responding, and contacting parents. I think it is a plus for this year," said Parent Kristina Davis.
Charlottesville's City Schools are trying to wipe away a less than desirable image from the leadership of previous years.
One approach the school superintendent is trying, in order to connect with parents is, by knocking on doors.
"To make contact with the community, to gather opinions from the community, and to hear from the community about what their perceptions are," said Superintendent Rosa Atkins.
The school division is also conducting online surveys. Paper surveys are also available in public places across town for those without a computer.
"The interest is that we have a school system that will be tops, and will be recognized when the name 'Charlottesville City Schools' is mentioned, and immediately every person thinks of excellence," added Atkins.
A goal that can be reached by every parent, teacher, and student.
The surveys will be conducted online, in-person, and on paper until February 16, 2007.