JOHN DAY – Can’t make it to the latest Grant School District No. 3 school board meeting?

Next week, the district is starting a project called ThoughtExchange, allowing parents, students, staff and others in the community to share their thoughts and concerns about their schools online.

Superintendent Mark Witty said the ThoughtExchange is a “unique, virtual approach to get a sense of shared values.”

He noted the process takes 5-10 minutes to answer three questions online.

The questions are:

• What are your concerns for this school year?

• What do you appreciate about this school year?

• What are some other things you would like to say about our school this year?

People will log on as a parent, student, staff or community member with no personal information, such as name or email, shared.

The launch date is Monday, Sept. 22, and the program will run through Wednesday, Oct. 1.

After about three weeks, participants will be asked to return to the website, read through the responses and “star” those comments they feel share their priorities.

Witty said he learned about the ThoughtExchange from other administrators in Oregon and Washington last summer.

“It’s a positive way to engage the community,” he said. “Everybody is busy, and this allows an individual to participate from their own home.”

Once information is gathered, a report will be given at a school board meeting, as early as November.

Witty said he hopes the feedback will help them learn what is going well in the district and areas where improvement is needed.

“We hope this will help us better serve our students,” he said.

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