A recent community forum on the state of Plainview's schools drew some 135 residents who took part in discussions about the state of the district and its future.
The community forum, complete with a meet-and-greet and snacks provided by the PTA at Plainview JFK High School, was built around a survey designed to identify the district's strengths and areas for improvement. It was distributed in advance by the Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education and its new superintendent, Dr. Lorna Lewis.
Lewis said 361 people completed the survey, which showed that about 73 percent of those responding were satisfied with their schools.
Board members and school administrators sat with residents to discuss their concerns and suggestions.
"The board (members) were exceptionally good listeners as they moved about the tables to listen to the conversations," Lewis said. 'We identified strengths and areas for growth."
When asked what priorities the district should focus on, the answers "technology" and "focus on the average student" got high marks in the survey.
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Of the 73 percent who said they were satisfied with their schools, more than 17 percent said they were "very satisfied."
Survey respondents indicated that some improvement could be made in the areas of communications, food service and the budget process, according to the survey results. The results are attached to this story.
The district is requesting volunteers for its Technology Visioning Committee. Four people have signed up and more are needed.