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School Secretaries Speak Out

How will shools spend their discretionary funds this school year?

Jan 9, 2017

School secretaries are key players when it comes to schools learning about and making decisions on educational products and services. In an October 2016 survey of 200 elementary through high school secretaries conducted jointly by School Market Research Institute (SMRI) and Market Data Retrieval (MDR), here is what they said about their schools’ spending, and more, for the 2016 – 2017 school year:


The best way to advertise educational products and services to:

•     administrators is through email (34%) and direct mail (27%).

•     teachers is through email (30%) and direct mail (30%).


For the 2016 – 2017 academic year the majority of school secretaries expect their school to spend:

•     the same amount as last year on printed instructional materials (45%).

•     the same amount as last year on school supplies (50%).

•     somewhat more than last year on digital/online instructional materials (44%).


Most school secretaries:

•     rate their schools as very technology ready (54%).

•     say that at least one computer with Internet access can be found in every classroom (88%).

•     believe that teachers view their email on their classroom computer, on a mobile device, and on their computer at home (59%).


And, school secretaries:

•     think that the biggest issue facing their school administrators this year is school funding (54%).

•     say that funding for most classroom materials comes from school funds (71%).


Click here to download the entire report.