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ERIC Number: ED551846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 92
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2678-5192-5
Implementing an Effective and Efficient System to Manage the National School Lunch Program in a Private PreK-12 School: An Action Research Study
Rafidi, Jessica A.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Capella University
To ensure the health of children in the United States, and to encourage the domestic consumption of nutritious agricultural commodities, President Harry S. Truman signed the National School Lunch Act. The Act, a federally assisted meal program established as a national security measure, was signed on June 4, 1946. Today, the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides students at sponsor schools the opportunity to apply for and receive free and reduced priced lunches and snacks. Schools that sponsor the NSLP provide preK-12 students support, and encouragement to make healthy choices that will promote lifetime wellness through the implementation of a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved program. For private schools with small staffs and minimal resources, the NSLP is difficult to implement. With the various components of the program requiring careful attention to meet standards and maintain sponsorship, it is difficult and sometimes impossible for one school administrator to be responsible for every aspect of the program without neglecting instructional leadership. A principal's primary responsibility is instructional leadership (Rooney, 2010). A problem for school leaders lies in balancing management of NSLP compliance/reporting with the duties of instructional leadership (David, 2010). This action research study focuses on how the systematic implementation of a new management system would impact the ability of a private preK-12 school to effectively operationalize the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) without excessive administrative oversight. This qualitative study focused on improving organizational knowledge of the challenges and opportunities of sponsoring the NSLP at the research site, so program responsibilities could be delegated to well informed and supportive stakeholders. Participants were interviewed after the intervention to determine whether or not they effectively implemented and sustained the new model. Interview data was transcribed, thematically coded, and analyzed. The study resulted in the delegation of virtually all the NSLP administrative responsibilities from the school principal to other informed and supportive school stakeholders, the stakeholders who assumed these NSLP responsibilities were professionally qualified to provide NSLP leadership, and these stakeholders effectively implemented the systemic intervention. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: National School Lunch Act 1946