PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles Unified School District teachers were given the opportunity early this year to anonymously voice their thoughts on their jobs in an online survey titled: “P.R.P.E. Morale Discipline Teacher Survey.”
Jim Lynett, Executive Director of the Paso Robles Public Educators (P.R.P.E.), and several teachers presented the results with their own interpretations of the data during the public comments portion of Tuesday’s school board meeting.
Lynett said the data was meant as a tool to help with communication. Other teachers, including Paso High School social studies teacher Mark Bradford, said both behavioral problems and grades of his students have gotten worse over his many decades of teaching, which is the reason he helped compile the survey on SurveyMonkey. Bradford had shared a letter of grievance to the board last year, and wanted to present more data to support progress in discipline and respect for others.
The survey of 13 questions was answered by 199 teachers from six PRJUSD elementary schools (66), two middle schools (30), four high schools (60) and three other school sites (11). Teachers could rate the questions from one (worst) to five (best) on many of the questions.
For overall job satisfaction, the majority of teachers (34 percent) gave their work a score of three out of five, which is mid-range satisfaction. The next highest percentage (30.5 percent) gave their job a mostly satisfied score of four out of five.
Job satisfaction regarding site administration saw similar results, with the majority of teachers rating their administration mid-range satisfaction with site administration, at a three (28 percent) and the second highest percentage (22 percent) as a “four” (mostly satisfied).
The survey found most respondents (30 percent) gave the second lowest score (a two) to district administration support. The next highest score was 27 percent of respondents, who gave district administration support the score of a mid-range three.
In other questions teachers were asked if they contemplated a transfer within the district for next year based upon site issues. Then majority of the teachers (75 percent) said ‘no,’ while 25 percent said ‘yes.’
When asked in regards to the reason for morale/discipline issues at their site, 34 percent of teachers answered “student discipline problems” as the most concerning reason. Many left comments ranging from unmet consequences to parental interference.
To the question, “How have current administrative policies and implementation affected student discipline and behavior?” results were divided. Most — 34 percent— answered, “They encourage and support me” while 33 percent said. “Administration ignores me.” This question generated the most feedback from teachers.