ERIC Number: ED188292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Reduction in Force: Is Your Board Prepared?
One of the conditions set forth in the hiring of the new superintendent of a southeast Texas school district was that a reduction in force would be accomplished. How this process, that usually involves six months planning time and and additional year to carry out, was accomplished in a period of six months is detailed in this speech. An analysis of the reduction in force program reveals that its strengths were planning, involvement of principals, support of the school board, support of the media, and the superintendent's ability to be less than popular and take the heat in his first year in the district. Program weaknesses were identified as the failure to identify maximum class size early in the discussion, failure to involve the teacher association earlier in the planning stages, the fact that the district waited until the situation was of such a magnitude that drastic action was necessary, and referring to employees as "excess" or "surplus." (MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Texas (South)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National School Boards Association (40th, San Francisco, CA, April 19-22, 1980).