ERIC Number: ED241209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Coping with Change. A Study of the Effect of Government-Imposed Fiscal Restraint on a Rural British Columbia School System: The Case Study.
Tagg, Geoffrey John
A case study of effects of government-imposed fiscal restraint on a rural British Columbia school system outlines the restraint in its various phases, its effects on School District No. 4 (Windermere), ways the district dealt with resulting problems, and the consequences, with implications for how not to implement fiscal restraint at the school board level. British Columbia's Education (Interim) Finance Act of 1982 is described. The role of the Superintendent of Schools (Chief Executive Officer of the district) is identified as that of a change agent. Fiscal measures adopted by the School Board to reduce 1982 expenditures by $160,000 are detailed, as are difficulties in persuading teachers and other staff to accept salary reductions. Problems of 1983 budgeting, including rising costs, salary negotiations, and need to reduce expenditures further, are described. Consequences of the Board's attempt to lay off part-time employees are shown. The Board's 1983 restraint plan, which kept in mind student needs, is outlined. Implications of the re-elected provincial government's 3-year plan ("Son of Restraint") for education (increased pupil-teacher ratio, more government control over district budgets, ceilings on administrative salaries, decreased expenditures) are cited. A Program Planning Model is suggested for Board use. An appendix provides a 1983 speech by the Minister of Education. (MH)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Board of Education Policy, Board of Education Role, Boards of Education, Case Studies, Change Agents, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Problems, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Retrenchment, Rural Schools, Salaries, School Closing, School District Autonomy, School Funds, Superintendents, Teacher Salaries, Unions
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: British Columbia; School District No 4 Windermere BC
Note: Presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Doctor of Philosophy degree at Walden University.