ERIC Number: ED357468
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
School District Administrative Costs, Regional Series, and Telecommunications. Special Study. Report to the Arizona Legislature by the Auditor General.
Arizona State Dept. of Education, Phoenix.
The Arizona Office of the Auditor General conducted a study of Arizona school district administrative costs, regional services, and telecommunications. In the area of administrative costs, the study found that larger, unified districts were more cost effective in terms of district administrative costs per student and students per administrator. School-level administrative costs and the number of students per school administrator did not vary significantly among different size districts. A review of school superintendents found that most of the duties they perform are required by the state. Records maintenance and warrant processing account for up to 61 percent of total superintendent staff time. Additional services provided by superintendents vary widely among counties. Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, and Yavapai County school superintendents offer unique services. A comparison of education service agencies (ESA) in states of similar size shows they offer substantially more services to districts. It was found that ESAs are cost-effective ways of providing services to school districts. Lastly, in telecommunications, Arizona has not yet joined the national trend toward statewide educational telecommunications networks. Appendices A-G include survey scope and methodology, term definitions, state school district information, administrative organizational structures, and ESA structures and services. (Contains 76 references.) (JPT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Dept. of Education, Phoenix.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona