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January 4, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Seattleites split on performance of school leaders

Seattle residents are split about the performance of the leaders of the city’s schools, according to a survey conducted by the district in November.

About one-third of those surveyed said they had a “favorable” view of the Seattle School Board, while another third said they had an “unfavorable” opinion and the last third said their feelings were neutral.

The central administration was viewed less positively, with 23 percent giving a favorable rating and 32 percent giving an unfavorable one. Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield, who announced last month she will not seek the job on a permanent basis, earned 37 percent favorable versus 8 percent unfavorable, although most said they felt neutral about her.

Residents were happier about the specific school closest to them, as three-fifths said they had a favorable view of their local school.

Local school teachers earned an 81 percent favorability rating from the people who were surveyed.

In a separate question, 52 percent expressed satisfaction with the way the district is spending their tax dollars, while 40 percent said they were not satisfied.

In a more positive finding, 48 percent said they believe the district is headed in the right direction while 29 percent said it is going the wrong way.

The survey of 400 Seattle adults included those with children in the district as well as those with no connection to it. In general, those with a connection to the district viewed it more positively than those who did not.

The survey, conducted via telephone by Elway Research, Inc., was done in mid-November, before the final results of the school board election were certified. The margin of error was plus or minus five percent.

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