ERIC Number: ED114906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Implications of Declining Enrollments for Schools. NAESP School Leadership Digest Second Series, Number 4. ERIC/CEM Research Analysis Series, Number 19.
The first duty of the educator is to forecast enrollments as accurately as possible, using the best means available. The second is to begin planning long in advance of a school closure or major reorganization. Watchwords of successful management for the years of dwindling enrollment are communication and community participation. Communication with teachers, pupils, parents, and anyone else whose interests are affected by the changes to come is crucial to any measure of success. Moreover, the participation of all those affected is essential. It will be necessary to glean their ideas and cooperation to be certain that decisions affecting the community are acceptable to the community. Taken positively, the implications of declining enrollments are that enterprising and creative school administrators will develop better programs as they condense them. They will devise equitable reduction-in-force policies with the teachers' unions and will become even more prominent as public leaders when they unite with community task forces to solve the problems of school closings. (Author)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Communication (Thought Transfer), Community Involvement, Declining Enrollment, Educational Facilities, Educational Finance, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Enrollment Projections, Enrollment Trends, Job Layoff, Parent Participation, Prediction, Principals, School Buildings, School Closing, School Community Relationship, Shared Facilities
National Association of Elementary School Principals, 1801 North Moore Street, Arlington, Virginia 22209 ($2.50, single copy; $25.00, complete series of 12 issues)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Washington, DC.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.