ERIC Number: ED448000
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Flourishing in the Face of Adverse Rural Conditions: A Case Study of Thrasher School, Booneville, Mississippi.
Jackson, Calvin W.
Thrasher School is a K-12 unit school in Prentiss County, Mississippi, that has survived and flourished in an economically disadvantaged area because of its close community connections. The K-12 school enrolls 482 students, of which 144 attend grades 9-12. The community has vigorously resisted high school consolidation, financing reconstruction of the school building after a 1990 fire. This working-class community includes few college graduates, and both school and community strongly encourage vocational programs, which prepare students for work in the local economy. Interviews with the principal, assistant principal, high school teachers, high school students, and a countywide school board member point out the intimate involvement of the community in the school and the importance of interpersonal relationships between community members and school staff, among teachers, and between teachers and students. The operation of the school represents to the community the succession of generations of citizens; the school arguably thrives because of this legacy of community support. The school exists to serve and sustain the community and local ways of living, and loss of the school is seemingly understood by the community as a serious threat to these ways of living. (SV)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Community Schools, Economically Disadvantaged, High Schools, Institutional Survival, Interpersonal Relationship, Rural Schools, School Attitudes, School Community Relationship, School Support, Small Schools, Working Class
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: SERVE: SouthEastern Regional Vision for Education.