ERIC Number: ED224669
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov-5
Reference Count: 0
Sharing Resources in the Small School.
Uxer, John E.
Improved strategies for sharing resources are absolutely essential to the survival of small schools. Although not all, or even a major portion, of school programs should be provided by a cooperative delivery system, a discerning superintendent and board will mobilize every resource available to them in conducting their educational programs. Numerous models have been employed in providing cooperative services. School districts usually participate in shared programs because such programs are mandated by law or state board policy; because of economy, cost effectiveness, quality, convenience; or because services are available only on a shared basis (most frequently the case for small schools). Texas' Region XIX Education Service Center (46% of Texas school districts enroll fewer than 500 students; 83% of the districts are located beyond normal metropolitan services) provides shared services in the areas of instructional media, cooperative purchasing, special education, and staff training. Other areas to consider for shared services include bus driver training, innovative program pilots, professional library, printing, data processing, etc. The scope of programs and services available to all school districts by prudent utilization of cooperative strategies is limited only by the ingenuity and energy of education leaders in aggressively pursing such strategies. (BRR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cooperative Purchasing; Texas
Note: Paper presented at the Southwestern Rural Education Conference (Las Cruces, NM, November 5-6, 1982).