ERIC Number: ED254947
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Advantages and Disadvantages of a "Joint Administrative Agreement."
Phillips, William H.
Many rural school districts are contemplating joint administrative agreements at the superintendent and central staff level. An Illinois superintendent who participated as a joint administrator of two districts points out the advantages and disadvantages of such an arrangement. The potential budget savings often allow the hiring of a top administrator and the computerization of the central office. In some districts joint arrangements can prevent the reduction of course offerings and the elimination of smaller-sized classes while allowing increases of part-time staff to full-time and the hiring of specialty teachers. Shared purchasing and cooperative sharing of equipment and facilities also result in major budget savings. Another important factor is the spirit of cooperation fostered by having an administrator in common between two school districts. Some of the problems of joint administration for the superintendent are as follows: dealing with two separate boards of education and twice the number of board meetings; extra travel time between the two districts; and doubled attendance at extracurricular functions. The following suggestions are offered to districts contemplating such an arrangement: (1) do not have a superintendent serve two dissimilar districts; (2) have a single administrative office outside of the district school buildings; and (3) delegate responsibility to principals and central office staff. Joint administrative agreements provide a viable solution to some of the major problems facing smaller districts in Illinois. (MD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Annual Conference of the Illinois Association of Schol Boards, the Illinois Association of School Administrators, and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (Chicago, IL, November 16-19, 1984).