ERIC Number: ED219217
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb-5
Reference Count: 0
What Happens When the High School Leaves the Community?
Dreier, William H.
Eleven Iowa towns in 11 counties and 11 Area Education Agencies (AEAs), having both elementary and high schools in 1960, were chosen via a rural-urban continuum to ascertain evidence of creativity in providing community services after losing the high school between 1960 and 1980. The study compared: community services in 1955-56 and 1980-81 (a 24-item check list of services sent to 11 town clerks yielded 6 responses); number of city offices and officials in the 11 towns in 1974-75 and 1980-81; population, distance to high school, and rural-urban score for the 11 towns in 1960 and 1980; 1981 availability of services in the 6 towns and in 12 towns with high schools and similar populations. Findings indicated: all 11 towns without high schools lost services, but added some between 1955 and 1980; most towns added service personnel; the 12 towns with high schools often reported 7 of 11 services; the 6 towns were more rural between 1960 and 1980; and population in all towns increased between 1960 and 1980. The 11 towns were different in location, community, services, and city personnel. It was recommended that county, state, and federal governments recognize these differences and allow for creativity within each community. (AH)
Descriptors: Check Lists, Community Change, Community Services, Community Size, Community Surveys, Consolidated Schools, County Officials, Creativity, Elementary Schools, High Schools, Living Standards, Local Government, Naturalistic Observation, Quality of Life, Rural Schools, Rural Urban Differences, School Closing, School Size, Trend Analysis, Urban to Rural Migration
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Impact Studies; Iowa
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Conference of People United for Rural Education, (5th, Des Moines, IA, February 5-6, 1982).