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ERIC Number: ED119351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Feb
Pages: 4
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Planning for an Enrollment Drop!
Blaustein, M. Lee
Faced with the prospect of declining school enrollment, educational administrators must take stock of the situation and outline plans for improving the quality of education in a period of reduced enrollment and possibly reduced state aid to local school districts. Planning principles that can help administrators in this task include the following: (1) be pragmatic and don't do all the planning alone; (2) establish a steering committee; (3) set a time line; (4) delegate tasks in a specific way; (5) establish a basic philosophy of quality education that will present long-range and short-range goals; (6) hold preliminary evening kaffee klatches; and (7) publish your accumulated guidelines and hold briefing sessions for everyone involved. Additional hints that can help get the job done include: (1) plan budget cuts each year on a descending basis; (2) consolidate and tighten programs while you have the time; (3) commit yourself to specific high-priority programs; (4) consolidate teacher needs gradually each year; (5) evaluate the value of all tasks and programs; (6) involve staff in all aspects of planning; (7) establish a planning priority for budget cuts; (8) search out innovative and valuable organizational patterns; and (9) create an opportunity for teachers to participate in the program evaluation process. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Speech given before the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (60th, Washington, D.C., February 13-18, 1976)