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ERIC Number: ED425902
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Reflections on One Small School: Viewpoint.
McCreight, Carolyn Kay Callaway
A former superintendent of a small school district in rural Texas describes the conditions and needs of the district and reflects on school consolidation and alternative solutions to the district's problems. In 1994, the district enrolled 650 students. Facilities were 30 years old and in constant need of repair, with leaking roofs and unsafe electrical wiring the most formidable problems. In addition, the facilities were too small for the student population, and teachers had to leave their rooms during planning periods. The shortage of available housing for teachers and low teacher salaries (compared to nearby larger districts) resulted in high teacher turnover and personnel shortages in critical areas. Personnel who remained in the district were overworked and were frequently asked to help with extracurricular activities. Although the community valued its school and parent support for school activities was plentiful, the community resisted raising taxes, even when a higher rate would have qualified the district for a state facilities grant. The paper concludes that schools do not exist merely to provide communities with a social and cultural life. When facilities, teachers, and instructional programs are inadequate, alternative schooling arrangements should be sought. School consolidation is one option, but communities often resist consolidation. Other options include shared superintendent services, bulk purchases of supplies and materials, interdistrict collaboration, and establishment of a countywide school board. (SV)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas