ERIC Number: ED426822
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Potential Savings in Rural Public School Non-Instructional Costs through Shared Services Arrangements: A Regional Study.
ECM, Inc., Williamsville, NY.
A study was undertaken in 16 rural New York school districts to determine the feasibility of sharing noninstructional services as an avenue to achieving cost savings and enhanced services. The districts involved were within the Delaware/Chenango/Madison/Otsego BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) in a rural mountainous region of central New York. Districts ranged in size from 350-2500 students, with the median about 1100. In each district, at least four meetings were held--with administrators, supervisors of support services, board of education members, and local government officials and community members. Participants were interviewed and completed surveys to identify services that lend themselves to sharing, areas of concern in the sharing of services, and existing areas of sharing. Areas of focus were the business office, transportation, cafeteria, and operations and maintenance. Many school districts were already sharing limited services with local governments on an informal basis. Most obstacles to sharing involved local "politics." Recommendations offer three options for making changes: immediate improvements, a holistic approach to sharing, and redesign of service systems. Appendices contain profiles of three consultants involved in the study, the interview schedule, and summaries of related research in New York and seven other states and provinces. (SV)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Agency Cooperation, Ancillary School Services, Change Strategies, Cost Effectiveness, Delivery Systems, Elementary Secondary Education, Institutional Cooperation, Public Schools, Rural Schools, School Districts, School Surveys, Shared Resources and Services, Small Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Rural Education Advisory Committee.
Authoring Institution: ECM, Inc., Williamsville, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York