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ERIC Number: ED163615
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Term Appointments--An Idea Whose Time Has Come.
Duhamel, Ronald J.; And Others
For a number of reasons, among them decreasing school enrollments, professional staff at all educational levels are tending to stay longer in positions of responsibility. The main objective of this study was to explore the idea of "term" appointments for positions of administrative responsibility in education. Fifty school systems in Ontario were randomly selected, and 42 of these boards responded to the request for information. These respondents represented Boards of Education and Separate (Catholic) School Boards, large and small, English and French, as well as urban and rural constituencies. Of the 42 respondents, 25 indicated that they have no term contracts, while 17 indicated that they do. Contracts with specific terms ranged from involvement only of the chief executive officer of the school system to, in one instance, every single administrative position. The most common term of appointment was of a three- to five-year duration. There is often a probationary period of an appointment for a specified period of time, at which point the appointee is confirmed on a permanent basis. It would appear that the more senior the position, the longer the term of appointment. The advantages and disadvantages of term appointments are discussed. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers: Ontario; Term Appointments