ERIC Number: ED048979
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Rural and Small School Consolidation--Some Problems and Suggested Procedures.
Link, A. D.
Increasing pressures evolving from societal change, technology, and increasing student needs are causing rural school districts to look seriously at school district consolidation as an alternative strategy for the successful accomplishment of educational goals. The process of redistricting or reorganization is characterized by its complexity and inherent internal and community problems. If the decision is made to attempt consolidation, the prime responsibility for the design and implementation of a feasible plan falls with the superintendents and the local boards of education involved. Particular attention must be paid to sensitive issues and the communication established with the community at-large. An acceptable consolidation plan must contain at least the following ingredients: complete definitions of unique constraints to the consolidation goal; the identification of needs, goals, and objectives; the establishment of procedures and strategies; the design of an evaluation subsystem and related criteria such as provision for feedback; a "programed" planning model (time-lines, flowcharts, etc.); and provisions for flexibility. The foregoing ingredients must be coupled with recognized community and educational needs and strong school-to-community communication channels. (AL)
Descriptors: Building Obsolescence, Community Change, Community Planning, Consolidated Schools, Evaluation Needs, Facility Utilization Research, Field Studies, Guidelines, Planning, Rural Education, Rural Resettlement, School District Autonomy, School District Reorganization, Staff Role, State Legislation, Student Needs, Student Transportation
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.
Note: Discussion paper prepared for Public Schools for Cooperative Research (PSCR) Superintendent's Conference, University of Tennessee, April 5-7, 1971