ERIC Number: ED361147
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Leadership for Rural Schools.
Stephens, E. Robert; Turner, Walter G.
The rural school superintendency is, in many ways, as demanding and difficult as the urban superintendency. Chapter 1 of this book provides a working definition of a rural small school district, an estimation of the number of rural systems in the nation that fit the criteria, and a profile of rural small school superintendents. Chapter 2 discusses the basic nature of the work of rural superintendents and the roles they perform. Chapter 3 describes the advantages and problems with rural school districts in the areas of community relationships and control, finance, administration, teachers, students, and curriculum and instruction. It also discusses the lingering problems of financing and staffing rural small schools. Chapter 4 considers possible rewards of the rural superintendent in terms of pay, fringe benefits, and job security. Chapter 5 reviews new pressures facing rural education such as changing enrollment patterns, fiscal constraints, school improvement initiatives, and family choice options. The book concludes with recommendations for a new commitment at the local, state, and national levels to develop comprehensive, integrated, and cohesive policies that will strengthen and enrich the rural small school superintendent. (KS)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Problems, Leadership, Quality of Working Life, Rural Schools, Rural Urban Differences, School Districts, Small Schools, Superintendents
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Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.