ERIC Number: ED218749
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun-1
Reference Count: N/A
Decentralized Budgeting and the Rural Saskatchewan Principal.
Dibski, Dennis John
Decentralized or school-based budgeting is a growing practice in Saskatchewan (Canada) school systems. A survey of 179 elementary and secondary principals in 60 of the province's larger rural school districts sought to find the extent of budget decentralization and the principals' attitudes toward the arrangement. The results indicated that (1) most school budgets showed low-to-moderate decentralization; (2) decentralization was limited to school materials, which represented only a small part of the budget; (3) decentralization was usually specific or categorical rather than broad or global; (4) funds were allocated to schools chiefly on a per-pupil basis; (5) inschool allocation of decentralized funds was usually decided by administrators after consultation with staff; (6) most principals either were satisfied with the degree of decentralization or wanted more decentralization; (7) most were also satisfied that personnel budgets were not school-based; and (8) most principals wanted global rather than categorical decentralization. The author concludes that the data show that school-based budgeting is well established in Saskatchewan but could be developed further. (Author/RW)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Role, Budgeting, Decentralization, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Instructional Materials, Principals, Resource Allocation, Rural Schools, School Based Management, State Surveys
Not available separately; see EA 014 774.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 1-4, 1981).