2018-03-18 / Front Page

Survey says Chesaning parents prefer post Labor Day start

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter

CHESANING – During the Monday, March 12 meeting of the Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education, Superintendent Mike McGough presented the results of a recent parent email survey. He said the comments received were excellent.

For several months, the board of education had discussed the possibility of starting fall classes before Labor Day. But the board wanted to hear from parents.

According to the email survey results, 64.2 percent of the parents surveyed preferred a post-Labor Day start, 16.3 percent had no preference, and 19.5 percent want fall classes to begin before Labor Day.

Board secretary Becky Butcher said, “I think (the survey) was very well done. A parent will tell you their opinion, and you might think that everyone feels that way. It’s not the case.”

Board member Lisa Greenfelder said, “I really thought it would be close. There are other communities that (start before Labor Day).”

Board member Charles Rolfe said, “In any survey, people will oppose change.”

McGough said, “I think the (Saginaw Intermediate School District) is going to hold a hearing about it for the whole county. That’s in the works now.”

Rolfe said, “One in 10 parents said thanks for asking. Others just want to know so they can plan vacations.”

Greenfelder said, “Some asked about air conditioning in the schools. I think the biggest concern is the heat in August. But it’s hot in June too.”

McGough said he sent out more than 800 surveys to parents who provided an email address. Of those, 381 responded. He explained that in cases where he received more than one survey response from the same email address, he made sure only one response was counted.

“Based on these results, we keep it as is (after Labor Day),” McGough said.

School board treasurer Scott Kohagen said, “It makes the decision a lot easier.”

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