ERIC Number: ED259874
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Shared Services for Rural and Small Schools.
As school populations decline and costs rise due to inflation, rural and small schools are turning to shared services in order to keep community schools open, meet federal mandates, and improve educational opportunities. Sharing ventures may be for limited purposes, such as sharing a physics teacher or having a joint drama production, or for more permanent programs such as a regional vocational education or media center. Guidelines for successful service sharing programs include joint planning by participating districts, clearly written objectives, voluntary participation, and equitable cost sharing. At the regional level, financing and staff recruitment are typical problems facing service sharing agencies. Among school districts, problems are related to issues such as school calendars, scheduling, transportation, teacher benefits, and local pride. Shared ventures can expand curriculum offerings, maintain a balanced staff, and decrease expenditures through joint purchasing and sharing of supplies, equipment, and staff salaries. A list of eight references available from the ERIC Document Reproduction Service is appended. (JHZ)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.