ERIC Number: ED175784
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Management and Governance.
The document describes the management and governance of an alternative school, namely, the High School in the Community (HSC) in New Haven, Connecticut. HSC, designed to provide a choice of learning environments within the public school system, serves students dissatisfied with their previous school experience. The Policy Council, staff meetings, committees, and the Facilitating Unit of HSC are described. The Policy Council, comprised of eight students, four parents, and four staff members, is involved in setting goals and priorities, ratifying the firing or hiring of teachers, disciplining, and settling disagreements about class offerings and spending. Staff meetings occur twice a week. Because of these frequent meetings, teachers are better prepared on any given issue than are students or parents; thus HSC is a teacher-run school. The rationale for this situation is that teachers' commitment is both broader and for a longer term than parents or students. The Curriculum Committee and the Guidance Committee oversee all aspects of the HSC curriculum, support innovation and experimentation, make recommendations for change, and maintain the excellence of the HSC guidance program. The Facilitating Unit deals with the routine administration of the school. Members hold office by majority consent of the staff. A brief history of HSC from inception to use of the present model for administration concludes the document. (KC)
Descriptors: Community Schools, Cooperative Planning, Educational Administration, Individualized Programs, Management Teams, Nontraditional Education, Parent Responsibility, Program Descriptions, Relevance (Education), Secondary Education, Student Responsibility, Teacher Responsibility
High School in the Community, 45 Nash Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511 ($0.20)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Public Schools of Choice, New Haven, CT.