ERIC Number: ED348205
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Managing Smallness: Promising Fiscal Practices for Rural School District Administrators.
Freitas, Deborah Inman
Based on a mail survey of over 100 rural school administrators in 34 states, this handbook outlines common problems and successful strategies in the financial management of rural, small school districts. Major problems are related to revenue and cash flow, increasing expenditures, providing quality education programs, and staffing to handle the responsibilities of fiscal management. Education funding is especially vulnerable to state politics, and many financial problems of rural school districts stem from state-aid funding formulas that favor larger urban districts. Some of the most crucial budgetary concerns are rising labor costs, the cost of new technology, and additional curricular mandates from state and federal governments. Successful strategies are listed for dealing with budget concerns and making the funding formula work, and specific examples are described. In particular, the 4-day school week provides some unique solutions to the financial and instructional problems of rural districts. Recommendations are also listed for personnel management, interdistrict cooperation, communication, and "do not do's." Also discussed are the future outlook for rural equity issues, rural school improvement programs, the role of rural education in community development, and educational cooperation. This booklet contains 40 references. Appendices provide brief annotated bibliographies on budgeting, general rural education sources, and recent relevant ERIC/CRESS digests. (SV)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Problems, Money Management, Politics of Education, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Administration, School Districts, School Funds, State School District Relationship
ERIC/CRESS, Appalachia Educational Laboratory, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325 ($10).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Charleston, WV.
Identifiers: Small School Districts