ERIC Number: ED227594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Managing Decline and Staffing Standards for Quality.
Costanzo, Matthew W.
School boards, administrators, and representatives of the community should develop long-range plans that not only consider the present state of schools but attempt to project 10 years hence. Demographic changes in communities indicate that managing decline will require a willingness to pare expenditures and an attempt to win back citizens' confidence in public education. Among the approaches to managing decline are improved coordination between school districts for contract negotiations and labor relations generally, and for the legislative process. Coordination of programs and services and a common calendar for all schools reduces costs. Other budget measures include flexible staffing patterns that reduce salary costs, and fees for noninstructional programs. In view of an enrollment increase predicted by the end of the decade, contemplated school closings should be reconsidered. However, if school closing is necessary, school districts should allow sufficient lead time, establish objective reasons for the closings, and prioritize closings and relate them to long-range plans. Finally, there is a critical need for two-way open communication involving the public and the schools. (MLF)
Descriptors: Accountability, Collective Bargaining, Community Involvement, Consortia, Cost Effectiveness, Declining Enrollment, Educational Cooperation, Educational Planning, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Projections, Enrollment Trends, Intermediate Administrative Units, Long Range Planning, School Administration, School Closing, School Demography, School District Spending, School Schedules, Teacher Employment
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at a meeting of the Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association (October 1982).