ERIC Number: ED201461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov-9
Reference Count: 0
The Role and Responsibility of Administrators in Rural Schools.
Carlson, M. Dale
Effective administration of rural school districts is a challenge. Rural administrators must develop, execute, and supervise the total school program. Because administrators must do whatever is necessary to operate the program and support staff frequently are not available, administrative roles and responsibilities are many and varied. Most important, rural administrators must concern themselves with the budget and sound fiscal management. Secondly, administrators must spend time recruiting professional staff and selecting and training non-certified employees. Curriculum development and coordination, including development and operation of federal projects and grants, is a third important responsibility. Other areas are staff evaluation and supervision; district-wide communication; building maintenance, improvement, and design; transportation; food service; and public relations. Work in these areas often detracts from the true administrative process. The best qualified rural administrators have experience, determination, pride, and confidence. They try to base their decisions on sound educational practices and trends and have the ability to do menial tasks when necessary. Rural Kansas Schools have advantages which outweight their disadvantages: relatively few discipline problems, low dropout rate, small class size, considerable respect for teachers and community schools, and good preparation of students for professions or vocations and for adjustment from rural to urban settings. (SB)
Descriptors: Administrator Qualifications, Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Budgets, Building Operation, Curriculum Development, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Food Service, Information Dissemination, Personnel Evaluation, Public Relations, Recruitment, Rural Schools, School Districts, Transportation
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Kansas State University Rural and Small School Conference (2nd, Manhattan, KS, November 9-11, 1980).