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ERIC Number: ED360706
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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Decisions! Decisions! Decisions! Shared Governance: A Blessing for Implementing Year-Round Schooling.
Reil, David; Soderman, John D.
This paper describes the process undertaken by the Meneley Elementary School in Douglas County, Nevada, to develop a plan for shared governance. In 1989, the school became a participant in the Nevada School Improvement Project (SIP). The new governance plan established a Decision Making Council (DMC), composed of representatives from each grade level, special services, classified personnel, the Parent Advisory Committee chairperson, and one administrator, who based their decisions on consensus. The program has helped the school make the transition from a traditional to a year-round calendar, rerouted teacher-principal grievances, and increased ownership and accountability. However, the school is currently experiencing issues involved in moving from school improvement to school-based management. Problems include a lack of district guidelines and support, training, and alignment between school site and district goals. Another difficulty lies in determining council membership. A conclusion is that school-based management should be developed site by site, not through top-down legislation with a fixed set of rules. A list of council decisions related to the implementation of the year-round calendar and a copy of Senate Bill 91, which allows school-based management in Nevada, are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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