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ERIC Number: ED252339
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Principal Turnover by Kansas Rural School Administrators 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 928 principal turnovers during that period. There were 931 possible principalships: 286 high school principals and 36 assistant principals; 72 middle school principals; and 537 elementary school principals. Total principal changes reached a high in 1979-1980 when there were 189 changes; a low of 108 was recorded for 1982-1983. Average turnover within groups ranged from 5.82 changes per year for high school assistant principals to 78.83 changes for elementary school principals. Change as a percent of total change ranged from 15% for elementary school principals to 20% for high school principals. Many districts experienced no change in at least one principal category, while overall they experienced a large amount of change, especially from 1981-1984. Several conditions may influence position change in rural school systems--the economy, decreasing enrollments, and school closings. Since many small school superintendents act as high school or elementary principals, or both, a change in a superintendency might be recorded as two principal changes. The significant amount of turnovers among rural school principals raises questions that suggest areas of research that could positively affect principal training and educational administration in general. (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 Rural and Small School Conference (6th, Manhattan, KS, October 29-30, 1984). For related document, see RC 015 091.