ERIC Number: ED326364
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
The Iowa Shared Superintendency: The School Board President's Perspective.
Decker, Robert H.; McCumsey, Norman L.
In Iowa, shared superintendency originated in the 1980s as a response to the agricultural recession of the 1980s which had tightened Iowa's public school finance. Iowa lost 80,000 people through out-migration and about 10,000 fewer births occurred, while the school student population decreased by 181,670 during this same period. While nearly every school district in the state has been touched by these declines, rural areas and smaller schools have tended to lose the greatest percentages of population. To continue to provide high quality educational programs, Iowa schools have initiated changes. Encouraged by state legislative financial incentives, many school districts are currently sharing grades, teaching staff, and administrators. By the 1989-90 school year, the number of districts sharing their principal administrator increased to 102. This paper reports on a study examining the effects of sharing of superintendents by school districts. The basic design of the research was a qualitative study using a structured interview format. The information centered on these areas: (1) the financial motives; (2) the challenges of sharing a superintendent; and (3) lessons learned from the experience. Thirty-one percent of the 83 respondents indicated that there was no advantage associated with sharing superintendents; 69% identified such advantages as cooperative purchasing and coordinating curriculum. Every respondent identified at least three weaknesses associated with the shared position. The most commonly identified weakness was the amount of time it took to manage both districts. This paper contains 20 references. (ALL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Iowa Association of School Boards, Des Moines.; University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Rural Education Association (82th, Colorado Springs, CO, October 2, 1990).