ERIC Number: ED173920
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr-22
Reference Count: 0
Reduction in Force: Is Your Board Prepared?
Stanley, William L., Jr.
A reduction in force (RIF), coupled with today's inflation and cost of living increases, impacts on school systems. This paper discusses the effects on an urban school system--the Atlanta Public Schools--and offers suggestions to school administrators on moves to make and pitfalls to avoid when faced with RIF. Some topics covered include legal ramifications, due process, teacher tenure, and the role of school boards and administrators. The paper suggests that school boards (1) initiate an RIF policy before it's needed, (2) cut expenses to the bone, (3) clarify the board's position to staff and community, (4) use the news media to publicize policy and administrative regulations, and (5) indicate that alternatives are continuing to be sought. Also listed are 6 pitfalls to avoid and 17 ways to reduce the financial trauma of staff cuts. (Author/LD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Atlanta Public Schools GA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National School Boards Association (39th, Miami Beach, Florida, April 21-24, 1979) ; Best copy available