Monday, September 10, 2007

If you don't have anything nice to say...

From: Brossoit, Nick
Sent: Monday, September 10, 2007 11:31 AM
To: @All Edmonds Email
Cc: 'Tatia Prieto'
Subject: State Performance Audit

September 10, 2007

Dear Colleagues:

As part of the state required performance audit, the superintendents of each of the 10 largest school districts were asked by the State Auditor's Office to send out the following text. Participation in the on-line survey is optional; however, it is also an opportunity to provide input which could be helpful at the local and state levels. Thanks for your consideration of this opportunity in the context of your busy schedule.


The Washington State Auditor's Office (SAO) is currently undertaking an independent performance audit of the administrative and overhead operations of the 10 largest school districts, which includes ours. The audit will review and analyze the economy and efficiency of the administrative and overhead operations in the districts.

Your input is an important part of this study. Later this Fall, a team from Cotton and Company, LLP (the contractor selected by the State Auditor's Office to perform this work) will be on-site in each of the 10 largest districts to review operations and you may be asked to provide input at that time during interviews or small groups. Your first opportunity to provide input is through an anonymous web-based survey.

This survey can be accessed through this link, beginning on September 10th:

The Edmonds specific instrument is at:

Technology has been enabled to ensure that respondents only complete the survey once. If hitting "control" and clicking on the link does not take you directly to the survey, you will need to copy the link and paste it into a web browser.

If you have any difficulty accessing the survey, please contact Tatia Prieto either by phone at 954-465-1175 or by e-mail at

Please submit your survey no later than September 17th at midnight. All survey responses will be kept confidential and go directly to the consultants with Cotton and Company.


Anonymous said...

That is very thoughtful of Nick to seek our input. He really is a leader for our times.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Black Kettle,

I thought you did not respond to anonymous comments. Why are responses being kept anonymous? Clearly, you do not intend to respond to the results of the survey, since you don't know who to attack first.

Mr. Black Pot.

Anonymous said...

Please fill this audit out about the idiots that run this school district. This will hurt the people that make up these crazy #@%$ing rules.REMEMBER the sun will sunhine agian soon!
Hey up stairs, when you leave. PLEASE turn off the lights. Your mother doesn't work here.

Anonymous said...

Why be limited to a survey? Why not email Cotton Company directly with some insightful observations and examples of waste at Be sure to type in the body of your email and don't send attachments.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone figured out yet that, if you delete your cookies, you can take the survey more than once? They must have contracted with the Technology department for security solutions (I miss the porn sites linked from the district servers...)

Anonymous said...

Oh come on, they won't listen to "unofficial comments." Why not just delete the cookie they place on your hard drive and vote again? There's strength in numbers. said...

Just because a comment may have the name Mark Zandberg attached to it does not mean I wrote it.

My comments always show as the origin.

Thank you.

Mark Zandberg

Anonymous said...

At the end of this survey there is a comment section. Be as specific as possible, name names, refer them to this blog, tell them what you expect them to look for and what you expect them to find.

I guess now we know we can take it as many times as we want. Does this really hurt its chances of being taken seriously? (Was there ever any?)