ERIC Number: ED265627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Former Members Tell...Why They Left the School Board.
Erickson, Kenneth A.; Keirnes, Barbara
OSSC Bulletin, v22 n4 Dec 1978
Over 100 former board of education members from Oregon completed a questionnaire originally prepared by the "American School Board Journal" for the purpose of investigating why school board members leave their positions. This document presents the full results of the Oregon survey and also provides a summary of the findings and an analysis of their implications for school administration. The survey revealed that the most frequently cited reasons behind members' resignations were that being on the board took too much time, working with federal government agencies was too difficult, and the member no longer had children in school. Over 50 percent indicated they'd consider serving again. The members were most satisfied with their contributions to improvements in personnel practices, educational programs, and facilities. Nine of 10 supported the concept of local lay control of public education. Other responses to the questionnaire provided information on the characteristics of the members, their districts, and their campaigns for office. The implications drawn from analysis of the findings consist primarily of specific actions that school boards and school administrators can take to eliminate unnecessary effort on the part of board members and to enhance the board's ability to focus on significant concerns. (PGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Oregon School Study Council, Eugene.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon