LOGAN, W.Va. — At the meet the candidates forum hosted by the Logan County Education Association (LCEA), a survey concerning the satisfaction and morale of Logan County teachers was distributed to each of the candidates.
LCEA vice president Leah Clay explained the survey was distributed to each educator in Logan County and around 200 teachers responded to the survey.
Many of the candidates addressed the survey during the forum using it as a signpost pointing to the apparent dysfunction of the county’s schools.
The survey consists of eight questions and respondents’ answers were charted in percentages.
When Logan County teachers were asked to rate their overall work experience, 61.3 percent rated their experience as generally or very poor and negative.
As a part of the recent OEPA audit, Logan County Schools recently began employing outside consultants to address issues in the educational system.
Seventy-nine percent of the teachers who responded answered the consultants have no impact or have had a negative impact on their classrooms.
When asked if consultants should be hired and used again in the next school year, 81.31 percent of the survey’s respondents answered no.
Another question saw only 18.45 percent of Logan County teachers say they would recommend teaching in Logan County Schools to another educator.
When asked if they felt valued as an educator, only 9.05 percent of Logan County educators responded positively.
The final question on the survey asked teachers what they need the most to help their students.
The largest percentage of respondents, over 38 percent of educators, responded an effort from county officials to make a better work environment would be the biggest help.
Clay added the survey has been presented to the Logan County Board of Education on two previous occasions.
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