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ERIC Number: ED470629
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Small Schools Face the Challenge: A Case Study of a Group of Small Rural Schools in New Zealand.
Yates, Russell
Small rural schools have always had an important place in the educational life of New Zealand, but they have faced a number of challenges in the past decade. These challenges include difficulty in attracting and retaining high quality teachers, changing expectations of parents, decreasing rural population, and the impact of national educational reforms. A feasibility study sought to find a different approach to school governance and management in six schools on the east coast of New Zealand. The schools were over 70 years old; each had 6-43 students at the end of 2000 and employed 1-2 teachers. The schools had been "self-managing" since 1989, when governance responsibilities devolved from a regional board to local boards of trustees. The results of self-management have been mixed for these and other small schools, which have difficulty finding capable trustees and providing ongoing training in the face of trustee turnover. The schools in this study had also had significant turnover in their principals in the previous 5 years, with detrimental effects on educational quality. As a result, the state Ministry of Education had appointed a Schools Executive Administrator to assist the school "cluster" with governance and management issues. Community meetings were held in the six communities to assess the feasibility of having one board of trustees and a shared principal for the six schools. Perceived advantages and disadvantages of the scheme are outlined. An appendix presents New Zealand's National Administration Guidelines. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand