ERIC Number: ED172406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb-2
Reference Count: 0
Declining Enrollments and New Staffing Patterns for the Eighties.
Seifert, Edward H.
As enrollments continue to decline, principals face new staffing problems, especially problems connected with reduction in force. One forecasting method useful for determining if enrollment will decline is the Keough Indicator Survey Scale, which contains questions about key community characterisitics. Administrators experiencing declining enrollments who use a reduction in force policy based on seniority will face problems such as increasing teacher salaries and age. As an alternative to a seniority-based policy, administrators might employ such criteria as quality of service, experience in a specific area, district need, preparation, and certification. A point system might be used that awards teachers points for such things as seniority, advanced degrees, superior evaluations, and coaching or activity sponsoring experience. Other alternatives that can help solve reduction in force problems include staffing to fit midyear projections instead of fall enrollments, an early retirement system, terminating unsatisfactory teachers, cooperating with neighboring school districts, and retraining faculty for available vacancies. Negative results of reduction in force may include public outcry, large class sizes, and a decline of morale. Perhaps the most important aspect of the principal's responsibilities in dealing with declining enrollment is sensitivity to human needs. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Keough Indicator Survey Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (63rd, Houston, Texas, February 2-6, 1979); Not available in paper copy due to light print of original document