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ERIC Number: ED252338
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Turnover of Rural Kansas School Superintendents from 1978-1984.
Wilson, Alfred P.; Heim, John M.
Data from Kansas' 265 rural school districts from 1978-1979 through 1983-1984 revealed that there were 194 superintendent changes and 33 central office administrator changes during that period. Based on a total of 265 superintendencies and 46 central office administrator positions, the average number of superintendent changes per year was 32.33, with central office changes of 5.5 per year. Change as a percent of total change was 13% for superintendents and 12% for central office. A high of 44 total changes occurred in 1979-1980 with the low of 28 occurring in 1983-1984. A majority of districts maintained a high degree of stability; 113 districts retained the same superintendent all 6 years and 21 central office positions had no changes. Conversely, a minority of districts exhibited a volatile atmosphere: one district changed superintendents four times in 6 years, three districts changed superintendents every other year, and one changed central office administrators at the same rate. Economic conditions and declining enrollments (Kansas enrollments dropped 18.6% from 1971-1981) may affect the situation. Results are displayed as total changes by year and number of districts with changes from 1978-1984, from 1978-1980, and from 1981-1984. A list of districts included and a list of districts not included in the study are appended. (BRR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan. Center for Rural Education and Small Schools.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Southwestern Conference for Rural Education (4th, Las Cruces, NM, November 2-3, 1984). For related document, see RC 015 092.