The Festus R-VI school district, which received the top MAP score in the county last year, was named by the Post-Dispatch as the 16th-best midsize employer (go to #16 in the slide show) to work for in the St. Louis area in its annual rankings, compiled with help from WorkplaceDynamics, a Pennsylvania survey firm.
Despite what disgraced Fox superintendent Dianne Critchlow might say, Festus seems to be the class of the county. Now I grant that some might say that MAP scores are not the best measure of school quality, but it’s really the only comparison we have. And having the most-satisfied employees might not reflect how well a government entity serves its constituents – Rockwood School District was the 20th-best large employer, despite some recent issues. But the data we have available reflects well on Festus. They seem to have decent sports teams, too.
This workplace survey began with readers nominating local employers for consideration. Then employers that agreed to participate had their employees surveyed; a response rate of 35% was required. I don’t know if the Fox district participated in this or not, but with the number of relatives of board members and administrators that work there, one would think the district could do well on such a survey.