ERIC Number: ED161148
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun-21
Reference Count: 0
Implementation of Decentralized School Budgeting.
Caldwell, Brian J.
Decentralized school budgeting or school-based budgeting is relatively new to Canada. It means that school boards or central office administrators delegate to principals authority to make some budget decisions. High expectations for effects of the practice include greater efficiency in the allocation of resources, increased flexibility in the instructional program, and shifting of accountability to the school level. Some writers believe that school-based budgeting results in better decisions in times of declining enrollment and a shrinking resource base. A 1977 Alberta study by the author examined the development and outcomes of decentralized school budgeting in seven selected school systems. Budgeting for staff was a feature in one system. The study revealed the implementation problems encountered by central office personnel, including concern about number of items to be decentralized. It also revealed implementation problems encountered by principals, especially confusion about their own roles and technical difficulties. The need for careful attention to the strategies of successful organizational change and for sharing information among systems with experience in the practice emerged as the major conclusion of the study. There is also a need to develop appropriate models for teacher involvement in budget decisions. It can be concluded that school-based budgeting is a feasible alternative to traditional centralized budgeting. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alberta; School Based Budgeting
Note: Paper presented at the Canadian School Trustees' Association Congress on Education (1st, Toronto, Ontario, June 17-21, 1978)