ERIC Number: ED125111
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Report of the Small Schools Task Force.
Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD.
In March of 1973 the superintendent of the Montgomery County schools appointed a task force of community representatives, principals, teachers, area and central office staff members, and county government representatives to develop recommendations on small elementary schools. The task force concluded that school size is not the determining factor in the quality of a child's elementary school education. Other factors such as leadership of the principal, ability and dedication of the staff, and community support and involvement may be more important factors. It was determined that operating costs rose rapidly once a school drops below 300 students. Schools that drop below 300 are subjected to a detailed review and analysis that includes the following factors: modernization schedule, availability of space in nearby schools, transportation implications, long-range need for elementary school facilities in the area, articulation with secondary schools, and socioeconomic and racial balance. The committee examined methods of reducing the operating costs of small schools, for instance reducing staff and food service costs. Alternative uses of facilities were also examined. A process for addressing specific small school situations and the board policy on small schools are included. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Attitudes, Advisory Committees, Board of Education Policy, Community Involvement, Costs, Declining Enrollment, Educational Finance, Elementary Education, Enrollment Trends, Expenditure per Student, School Closing, School Size, Simulation, Small Schools, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland