ERIC Number: ED370746
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
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Non-Traditional Sources of Revenue for High Schools: South Dakota's Experience in the Private Sector.
Garnos, Michael L.
A survey of superintendents and principals in 91 percent of South Dakota school districts examined the extent and nature of nontraditional funding acquired by high schools, and administrator attitudes toward this funding. Sources of funding were categorized as donor sources (cash or other donations from individuals or organizations); enterprise sources, such as leasing of school services or facilities to other school districts or organizations; and cooperative sources, such as shared programs or facilities. Superintendents and principals agreed that over half of nontraditional revenues were obtained from shared programs with other districts, cash gifts, and activity fund-raisers, but differed in their estimates of the amounts received from these sources and their relative importance. Estimates suggest that nontraditional revenues accounted for 2.7-5.9 percent of per pupil spending in 1991-92. However, superintendents indicated that they were generally undecided about the current status of nontraditional funding; that they did not have the time to pursue such funding sources; that districts and school boards had no plans to solicit such funding; and that factors facilitating or impeding solicitation of nontraditional revenues were related to the presence or absence of community support and partnerships between the public and private sectors. Younger administrators held more positive attitudes about nontraditional funding than did older administrators. School size was positively related to per-pupil nontraditional revenues received. Includes 4 tables and 11 references. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: South Dakota