ERIC Number: ED251955
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Sep-25
Reference Count: 0
Middle School Reorganization--Conversion to Excellence. Revised.
Fox, James H., Jr.
An administrator who has been involved in the reorganizations of five school systems to create middle schools found that the reorganization improved delivery of educational services to K-12 students. A districtwide reorganization improves teacher morale by offering an opportunity for teachers to move to a different grade organization in their teaching assignment. Reorganization also provides opportunity and incentive for curriculum renewal at all levels, a strengthening of inservice programs, and an examination of the availability of resources between schools. Elementary schools can be reduced in size, and media centers updated. The politics of reorganization begin with involving staff, school board, and community with a comprehensive planning task-force approach. Leadership is important in determining the point of "critical mass"--when staff, school board, and citizens are ready to move forward and approve reorganization. Reorganizing requires long-term planning of 3 to 5 years. Three steps--setting short- and long-term objectives, monitoring them, and establishing a reporting system of activities related to goals--provides a road map for the administration. (MLF)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Delivery Systems, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Leadership Responsibility, Long Range Planning, Middle Schools, Personnel Evaluation, School District Reorganization, School Effectiveness, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Morale
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Houston, TX, March 5-8, 1983).