Parents and community members rank mental health services as top concern

The Dalles – In a survey of 237 parents, educators, students and community members, North Wasco County School District found mental health services to be the most urgent area of concern. Respondents also indicated a desire for the district to focus on improving funding, class size, community and parent engagement, and safe facilities for learning and activities.

The survey asked what the district does best, and respondents overwhelmingly selected “hiring caring, high-quality educators.”

In addition to asking about the school district’s performance in various areas, the survey asked about communications preferences, receiving a large range of responses.

“In planning communications efforts for the coming school year, the district will strive to meet the diverse needs of the community by providing transparent communications across various forms of media, including the website, newspaper, social media, in-person when possible, and by email for those who prefer,” says Superintendent Candy Armstrong. “This year will be a particularly important year to maintain a close relationship with our parents, staff and community, as I look to retire at the end of the year and the board works to identify my replacement.”