ERIC Number: ED158427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-May
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Facing Declining Enrollment: Considerations and Procedures.
Mazzarella, Jo Ann; Barber, Larry
Since 1969, Eugene Public Schools District 4J, Oregon, has experienced enrollment decline. More specifically, partly because of population migration patterns, the district is suffering from two interrelated problems: (1) overall loss of students and (2) under-capacity schools in some neighborhoods and over-capacity schools in others. Enrollment decline problems are very complex and affect and are affected by a number of different issues. The oversupply of staff and space in some schools makes necessary the careful consideration of whether and how to begin reduction in force and school closure. Deciding whether to undertake these courses of action and how to implement them requires a myriad of additional decisions, involving enrollment projections, program and staffing projections, school costs, public relations programs, equality of educational opportunity, alternative use of school space, land use and development, the neighborhood school concept, busing, and student/teacher ratios. These decisions even touch on such diverse considerations as inservice training, the comprehensive high school, and need for a management information system. Each decision will affect every other decision. Handling these problems effectively depends largely on good communication and careful planning. (Author/JM)
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Authoring Institution: Eugene School District 4J, OR.