ERIC Number: ED186162
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jun-1
Reference Count: N/A
Education...the Name of the Game is ...Cooperation. Area-Wide Plan for 1979-1983.
Southwest and West Central Educational Cooperative Service Unit, Marshall, Minn.
Prepared for the state legislature, this document is intended to supply practical information to help law makers and educators better understand the planning processes and cooperative efforts that currently exist among the public schools in the 18 counties of southwest and central Minnesota. Parts One and Three describe the planning process that was used by the 88 local districts to prepare 5-year educational plans. Part Two presents geographic, economic, and social characteristics of the region and provides a detailed statement of the existing areas of school cooperation. Parts Four and Five describe the organization and management of schools in the area through 1983 and present alternative methods for the same period; emphasis is on cost effective administrative strategies for small rural schools faced with the problems of inflation and declining enrollments. Part Six summarizes opportunities for further cooperation among area school districts, i.e., administrative and business office sharing, teacher sharing, and programs and material sharing. Part Seven reviews 25 legislative rulings that may be preventing efficient school policies to deal with the recent severe enrollment decline. Comments on each district's 5-year plan are found in Part Eight. Numerous charts and tabular data accompany the text, and a variety of supporting documents are appended. (Author/JH)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Cost Effectiveness, Declining Enrollment, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Educational Planning, Program Descriptions, Program Proposals, Regional Cooperation, Regional Programs, Rural Schools, School Administration, School Demography, Shared Services, Small Schools, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwest and West Central Educational Cooperative Service Unit, Marshall, Minn.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota