ERIC Number: ED472269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
The Politics of School Board-Community Interaction: A Case Study of a High School Construction Project.
Schmieg, Patricia A.
This study examined the politics of school-community interaction around a high school construction project, describing the events surrounding one school board's decision to renovate versus rebuild its high school building. The study examined: public involvement in the decision to renovate; the political after-effects of this decision; socioeconomic conditions within the community at the time of perceived need for renovation; how the school board reached the decision to renovate; how the public was involved in the decision to renovate; and the effects of the decision to renovate on the subsequent school board election. Data collection included school board minutes, a school board authorized feasibility study, architectural notes and memos, school build building and maintenance committee minutes, newspaper coverage and reaction to major events, state reports, and minutes of state-required meetings. Interviews were conducted with key participants. Results indicated that the public had input into the decision to renovate. The school community was undergoing socioeconomic changes at the time. Community members believed they did not have enough voice in the process. The renovations project became the main issue in the subsequent school board election. The decision to renovate rather than rebuild was directly responsible for the defeat of three incumbent board members. (Contains 105 bibliographic references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Temple University.