ERIC Number: ED398623
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May-23
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An Analysis of the Actions and Decisions Made in West Virginia School Board Meetings, August 1990 through August 1995. Final Report.
Hange, Jane E.; Leary, Paul A.
A recent review of literature on local school-board roles in decision making found only two research studies that examined the actions and decisions of board members. This paper presents findings of a study, commissioned by the West Virginia School Boards Association (WVSBA) and funded by the West Virginia legislature, that examined the kinds of decisions and actions taken during regular meetings of local school boards in the state between August 1990 and August 1995. A previous study examined school-board decision making for the period 1985-90. Data were obtained from analysis of the minutes of 55 local school-board meetings. Findings show that boards most frequently addressed the issue of personnel decisions (almost 23 percent of the total decisions), followed by financial decisions (almost 21 percent). In light of the findings, the following recommendations are offered: (1) School boards and district administrators need to engage in more and better long- and short-term planning; (2) boards may need to provide more opportunities for community members to address the board; (3) boards should consider establishing a review process during regular work sessions; and (4) boards using the consent agenda should exchange information with those boards not using it. Two figures are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: West Virginia School Boards Association, Charleston.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia