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ERIC Number: ED407724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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Downsizing of Central Office: Does Anyone Care? Pre-Conference Draft.
Berg, Judith; Hall, Gene
Four years ago, the Colorado education system embarked on a course to downsize central offices in response to calls for accountability and site-based decision making. This paper presents findings of a study that examined restructuring and downsizing in four Colorado school districts. One consequence of downsizing was a reduction in force at the district administrative level. Data were gathered through document analysis and interviews with central-office and school personnel. The study found that school districts chose a variety of strategies in response to pressure to balance their budgets: (1) picking up "loose change"; (2) controlling budgets more tightly; (3) right-sizing the central office while "holding classrooms harmless"; (4) impacting the classrooms; (5) reincorporating necessary areas into the budgets; and (6) transforming central-office roles and functions. District personnel initially experienced short-term euphoria, which was followed by disillusionment, role confusion, burnout, and attempts to cope. To establish best practices, districts should develop a comprehensive and less reactive strategy; consider the human toll; differentiate between centralization and downsizing; and focus on developing a systemic capacity. (Contains 10 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado