ERIC Number: ED246556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb-7
Reference Count: 0
Reduction in Force--through Formula (A Systematic Plan for the Pro-Active Principal).
As student enrollments drop, effective principals should develop equitable staff reduction plans. The present plan calls for principals to determine staff support levels as well as staff ratios in three categories: classroom teachers, support teachers, and clerical/custodial services. Knowing past enrollments is essential for projecting the number of students expected within a 5-year period. During the first, adjustment, year no staff should be cut. During the second year, principals should project student populations for the year and determine staff needs. District administrators should be supervised to guarantee the fairness of the system's implementation. To require students to take additional courses with the same number of staff members, for example, will jeopardize the plan. The plan should also be refined over three consecutive years to verify enrollment projections and appropriateness of classes and to fine tune the reduction process. Six forms especially designed to assist principals in gathering staff utilization and enrollment data are appended. (KS)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Budgeting, Dismissal (Personnel), Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Leadership Responsibility, Needs Assessment, Personnel Data, Policy Formation, Population Trends, Principals, Program Implementation, Resource Allocation, Staff Utilization
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (68th, Las Vegas, NV, February 3-7, 1984).