ERIC Number: ED401060
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct-14
Reference Count: N/A
Systematic Research and Evaluation in a Rural Pennsylvania School District.
Leopold, Greg; And Others
This report summarizes the evaluation of a rural school district in Pennsylvania and offers recommendations reflecting the district's goals for school improvement and construction. Specifically, the objectives of the study were to identify curricular needs of the district and individual schools; review and assess district facilities with respect to technological capacities and attendance area needs; and identify school construction needs and options. Dilemmas facing the school district include a changing rural economy, tension between the county's city and outlying rural areas, a professional organization that operates efficiently but disempowers nonprofessionals, and a centralized system that facilitates delivery of services but raises barriers to initiative and diversity. These dilemmas have resulted in conflict between the school board and school personnel. Before educational change can be initiated, board members and school staff must establish and foster a variety of working groups in order to overcome fears and factionalism and to identify strengths of the county's unique diversity. The report includes conclusions about the district's educational resources and financing, educational administration, school community relationship, educational technology, educational facilities, and curriculum. In addition, the report offers specific recommendations for educational improvement related to staff development, integration of academic and vocational education, a school-to-work program, distance learning technology, a marketing plan for vocational-technical education, equipping outlying schools for computer technology, local school advisory groups, expanded strategic planning, expanded curriculum, and construction and renovation of educational facilities. (LP)
Descriptors: Board Administrator Relationship, Board of Education Policy, Change Agents, Change Strategies, County School Districts, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania