Nashua survey reveals class sizes as major issue
The Ad Hoc Goals and Objectives Committee worked throughout the summer to identify some of the needs within classrooms at different levels with the hope of setting some new district wide goals. Last month, the committee launched an online survey to gather opinions from different groups within the community.
Of the 29 principals and assistant principals surveyed, roughly two thirds said smaller class sizes and adequate technology were priorities. The majority of administrators also felt summer school should be required for students whose work is below their grade levels.
"Behavior was also an issue for teachers, parents and students," said Van Twuyver, who added that was one of the more surprising results.
High school teachers said cell phone use, foul language and disrespect for teachers were the main problems, while middle school teachers said bullying was an issue. Of the 460 parents who responded, more than 200 also said bullying was a problem.
Of the 140 residents who responded to the survey, just over half said the Nashua School District makes good use of taxpayer dollars.
Over and over, teachers and administrators complained about Kronos, an electronic time-clock system that was put in place earlier this year. They also frequently mentioned being swamped with email and paperwork that took away time from teaching and helping students.
Many members of the community who offered comments used the opportunity to express their opposition to the Common Core standards now being implemented across the district.
"Pennichuck says they have a zero tolerance for bullies but that's just not true. Administrators and teachers do little to nothing to help kids who are suffering," wrote the student.
"Overall, it was a good experience," said Van Twuyver, who added that people, particularly teachers, were thankful for the chance to weigh in on some issues.
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