Prior Lake High School 2018 graduation

Members of district administration and the Prior Lake-Savage Area School Board walk along the track at Dan Patch Stadium on June 8, 2018. 

Strong majorities of Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools families and employees who responded to the district's annual survey feel safe and respected at school, feel they can succeed and like attending, the district announced this week. 

More than 7,000 students and parents and around 600 staff members provided responses, according to the district's online survey data.

Results were largely positive for the district. About 89 percent of the parents believe their children receive quality instruction, for example. More than 93 percent of elementary students also said their cultures and backgrounds are respected and they're encouraged to reach their full potential. 

On the teacher and other staff side, more than 94 percent said they were proud to be associated with the district. 

Other questions asked about quality of school food, extracurricular activities and expectations for students and staff. 

Responses highlighted some concerns as well. More than 20 percent of secondary students said behavior issues at school aren't addressed, for instance.

About 12 percent of educational support staff disagreed that they had high-functioning and collaborative relationships with their colleagues, more than double the proportion of certified, licensed staff. 

Community editor

Dan Holtmeyer is the community editor for the Prior Lake and Savage papers. He grew up in Nebraska and worked as a journalist in Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas before coming to Minnesota in 2018.

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