Editorial: Lee schools prepare a big report card

How are Lee County Public Schools doing?

How should they move forward?

Big questions worthy of maximum public input.

The school system is going the extra mile to get that by launching a serious survey. Questionnaires will be sent home with students and interim grades. Copies can be picked up at schools or gleaned from the web at leecountyvoice.com. Flyers will be delivered with utility bills. E-mail messages will go to all parents who have e-mail addresses on file with the district. Notices will go to churches, the Salvation Army and other assistance agencies.

The timing is crucial, as the school system embarks on a new system of deciding which students attend which schools. The system is leaning toward expanding the neighborhood or attendance zone around each elementary and middle school, rather than keeping each school's community relatively small in order to facilitate school choice.

Part of the idea is to save money on busing. The other part is to add a measure of stability and make schools more of an integral part of each neighborhood.

Other issues to be surveyed include academic programs, ways the district can foster increased parental involvement and hoe well the schools prepare students for college and/or careers.

The timing is also good because Lee Schools have a new Superintendent, Joseph Burke. This survey lets him start not only with a clean slate but fresh data.

The public is being given plenty of opportunities to be a part of the future.

Please do so.

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