ERIC Number: ED357414
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Restructuring Today and Tomorrow: "School Governance Revisited." Third Edition.
Poulin, Raymond H., Jr.
Schools must move away from individualism and toward more participation and shared decision making to meet the needs of society. Eight schools in Maine School Administrative District #4 adopted site-based management in an attempt to do this. Several important goals must be set in restructuring schools. First, students must enter the marketplace with high-order thinking skills in order to be competitive. Second, radical reforms are needed. Bureaucracy must be reduced, site-based management implemented, and a commitment made to giving every student the best possible education. It is clear that if site-based management is to be incorporated with consensus decision making, teachers must develop decision-making and leadership skills. Trusting relationships must also be built among all members of the educational community. Unless some of the strategies of site-based management and consensus decision-making are adopted, the downward spiral of the nation's schools will continue. Seven appendices include graphics of the network structures for the central office, elementary schools, the high school, library, custodian and maintenance services, as well as a chart showing decision making responsibilities, and a timeline for development of site-based management. (Contains 14 references and 30 suggested readings.) (JPT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maine School Administrative District 4, Guilford.
Identifiers - Location: Maine