ERIC Number: ED149456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Must Declining Enrollment Mean Closing Schools?
Fredrickson, John H.
Effective long-range planning by school districts is an imperative in dealing with declining enrollments. School districts should (1) evaluate present programs in light of current statutory regulations and educational trends and innovations; (2) appraise the structural qualities of existing school facilities; (3) conduct communitywide surveys to determine the economic growth potential; (4) conduct annual preschool censuses and districtwide enrollment projections; (5) prepare for possible purchase, lease, or sale of school sites and buildings; (6) investigate modern architectural innovations; (7) develop educational specifications for future projects; and (8) develop an ongoing public dissemination program of the school district's activities and objectives. After taking these steps, existing surplus space can be considered in terms of how it might be affected by recent federal legislation; whether it can be adapted or utilized to suit future educational activities; or finally, leased or sold to other educational and noneducational agencies. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Building Innovation, Community Surveys, Curriculum Development, Declining Enrollment, Economic Development, Educational Specifications, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Projections, Facility Requirements, Federal Legislation, Master Plans, School Closing, School Community Relationship, School Planning, Space Utilization
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National School Boards Association (38th, Anaheim, California, April 1-4, 1978)