Four weeks after tabling the decision, the West Fargo School Board officially moved forward Monday with assessing staff morale.

"We started the process nearly a year ago," West Fargo Education Association representative Joan Connor said after the board unanimously approved a staff climate survey. "It's been a very long process, and I think board members agreed. I'm hopeful it's a further step in mending relations."

The survey chosen came at the cheapest price tag of the four the district was considering, and was recommended to the board by both the district administration and WFEA.

The anonymous surveys could be distributed to staff as early as six weeks from now, with a report given to the district soon after - hopefully before the end of the summer, said consultant Chuck Summers, of The Village Family Service Center of Fargo, which is conducting the survey.

The survey will cost a minimum of nearly $17,000, which has budgeted $25,000 for it.

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Timeline of survey discussions

  • April 2007: Superintendent suggests survey in light of questions over long-standing low morale among district staff.
  • Oct. 13, 2008: Teachers pack board meeting to voice support for survey; board approves advertising survey bids.
  • Jan. 13: West Fargo Education Association president meets with district officials to discuss four survey bids; supports The Village Family Service Center survey.<.li>
  • Jan. 26: Board tables decision to approve survey.
  • Feb. 23: Board approves survey.
  • April: Surveys expected to be distributed.
  • Summer: Report with results given to district.

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