ERIC Number: ED206110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
A Participative Management Approach to the Revision and Implementation of a Lunch Schedule in an Urban Elementary School.
Reams, Bennie P.
Reduction of cafeteria overcrowding was one of the tasks facing the new administration at Muir Elementary School in Long Beach (California). More than 90 percent of the 950 students were being served during one recess of 65 minutes in a cafeteria seating approximately 300 persons. A problem-solving team consisting of the principal, program facilitator, counselor, representative of the teachers' group, community worker, and school clerk discussed and verified the existing conditions and reached consensus on the desired conditions. The planning team's next activity was identifying constraints to possible solutions and soliciting ideas from administrators, teachers, students, and a review of the literature. Several plans were developed and presented to the faculty, parents, support services, and classified staff for reactions. After a field test, a satisfactory solution to the problem was reached: more garbage cans were placed in the cafeteria during the noon recesses; garbage disposal was installed; and the schedule changed to two noon recesses of 40 minutes each, two staggered intervals of 10-minutes each and a 10-minute break between recesses. A bibliography and the adopted schedule conclude the report. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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