ERIC Number: ED181541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep-29
Reference Count: 0
The Use of Linear Models for Determining School Workload and Activity Level.
Vicino, Frank L.
This paper outlines the design and use of two linear models as decision-making tools in a school district. The problem to be solved was the allocation of resources for both clerical and custodial personnel. A solution was desired that could be quantified and documented and objectively serve the needs of the district. A clerical support model was designed using the factors of student discipline and motivation level, student size and activity level, transportation and school area, and personnel. The same procedure was used in the design of the custodian allocation model using the factors of work distribution, work area, student activity, and cafeteria/kitchen status. For both models, measures were used to quantify the factors. The factors and measures were presented to a body of district judges to determine factor weights. Then the measures were transformed to standard scores resulting in indices that could have general application in any school district. A custodial cost rating was devised by dividing the total custodial salaries by the school work level index in order to compare the schools in terms of custodial cost effeciency. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Clerical Workers, Elementary Education, Factor Analysis, Job Simplification, Junior High Schools, Linear Programing, Mathematical Models, Needs Assessment, Prediction, Resource Allocation, School Maintenance, School Personnel, Tables (Data)
Mesa Public Schools, 549 North Stapley Drive, Mesa, AZ 85203 ($3.00)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association Conference (Tucson, AZ, Sep. 28, 1979)