ERIC Number: ED208482
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Managing Underutilized School Facilities Resulting from Declining Pupil Enrollment: A Case Study of Arlington, Virginia.
Ringers, Joseph, Jr.
Because of the increasing underutilization of school facilities in Arlington (Virginia), a case study of the management of these facilities was undertaken. The purposes of the study were to discover the political interactions leading to policy decisions on the management of underutilized facilities, to determine the actual policies that resulted from those activities, and to investigate the satisfaction of persons who participated in the process. Two main methods of data collection were used. The first involved the review of documents available within the district and of secondary documents about the district's experiences. The second method was a survey of those who had participated in the decision-making. Results indicate that policy development passed through three periods: a period of preparation for an uncertain future, a time of issue clarification after the enrollment decline was accepted and consolidation of schools began, and a time of implementation of policies that had been consolidated into a single set of priorities and procedures that recognized school and community interests. The general level of participant satisfaction was good. Guidelines for multiple uses of school buildings are included. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Decision Making, Declining Enrollment, Educational Facilities, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Facility Guidelines, Facility Utilization Research, Participant Satisfaction, Policy Formation, Political Influences
Mid-Atlantic Center for Community Education, School of Education, 216 Ruffner Hall, 405 Emmet Street, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903 ($5.75; plus 10% shipping charge, $1.00 minimum; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Univ., Charlottesville. Mid-Atlantic Center for Community Education.
Identifiers: Arlington Public Schools VA