ERIC Number: ED309509
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Lindelow, John; Heynderickx, James
Chapter 5 of a revised volume on school leadership, this chapter presents the case for school-based management, stressing the principal's central role. In site management, the school is the primary decision-making unit. Decisions concerning expenditures, curricula, and personnel are made by school site staff, with help from parents, students, and community members. Although the school board continues to formulate and define the district's policies and educational objectives, the central office role is altered from "dictator" to "facilitator" of individual schools' actions. School-based management tackles educational administration's highly bureaucratic structure by balancing decentralization and centralization, or autonomy and control. The development of school-based management in Florida and California districts is outlined. Three other systems, in Florida, Massachusetts, and Colorado are analyzed. New interrelationships among the school board, the central office, and the principal in school-based systems are discussed, along with three critical control areas (curriculum, personnel, and budget). Finally, the benefits of shared decision-making imparted by staff and community input and school-based management councils are outlined. (MLH)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.
Identifiers - Location: California; Colorado; Florida; Massachusetts; Oregon