ERIC Number: ED119296
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Feb-11
Reference Count: 0
Decision Criteria, Retention Index and Policy for School Consolidation.
Salmon, Richard L.
The objectives of the study underlying these excerpts were to assist the Kansas City School District (ICSD) in the formulation of policy on the consolidation and closing of schools, the development of objective criteria to aid decision-making on these issues, and the specification of procedures for the implementing of such policy and policy decisions. Achieving these objectives entailed performing a comprehensive literature search; reviewing--by correspondence and telephone--the experiences of 11 other school districts that had had recent similar experience; interviewing key KCSD administrators; reviewing the extensive and comprehensive study of the KCSD done in 1973; interviewing all current members of the school board; assembling 10 objective criteria for ranking the elementary schools; formulating a model policy statement; and developing and specifying procedures for implementing consolidation policy. The decision model, proposed board of education policy, and policy implementation steps are included here. The 10 objective criteria on which the decision model is based are the following (in order of adjudged importance): achievement levels, facility cost per pupil, space per pupil, teacher load, racial or minority balance, age and general condition of the buildings, auxiliary facilities, commuting distance, number of pupils, fuel requirements. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kansas City School District, MO.
Authoring Institution: Midwest Research Inst., Kansas City, MO.
Note: Excerpts from "Decision Criteria and Policy for School Consolidation," MRI Project No. RA-115-D(1). Tables on p12-13 may reproduce poorly due to small print of original document