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ERIC Number: ED047377
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Pages: 25
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Optimum Size of School Districts Relative to Selected Costs.
Sabulao, Cesar M.; Hickrod, G. Alan
Two theories direct researchers in their efforts to find the optimum school or district size. The first theory holds that expenditures per student decrease as the size of the school increases. The second theory maintains that the first is true only to a certain enrollment level at which point the greater complexity of the school increases expenditures per student. Using samples of 100 elementary, 100 secondary, and 100 unit districts from Illinois, regression analysis showed the second theory to be more nearly correct. The optimum district size in terms of per student operating expenditures was 750 in an elementary district (K-8), 500 in a secondary district (9-12), and 5,000 in a unit district (K-12). (RA)
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Note: Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (55th, New York, New York, February 4-7, 1971)