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Steel-High surveys Highspire parents, but are the results significant?

Steelton-Highspire School District administrators surveyed Highspire parents to gauge their awareness and reaction to the proposed transfer of Highspire students to Middletown Area School District, but a low response to the phone survey detracted from its effectiveness, according to a professor and researcher.

Steelton-Highspire conducted the survey of Highspire residents in response to a request by the Department of Education for information about the feelings of Highspire parents.

The district reported that 31 of the 225 families surveyed had responded with answers that could be tabulated. Of those who responded, 90 percent were aware of the initiative to move students to Middletown – and 74 percent favored the move.

To Linnaya Graf, a college professor and researcher and owner of PrePEAR LLC, Steelton-Highspire “didn’t learn people didn’t have an opinion; they learned they did not conduct an effective survey.”

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