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ERIC Number: EJ904671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0036-651X
Critical Issues: Keys to Successful Contracting
Zopf, Michael
School Business Affairs, v76 n5 p8-11 Jun 2010
In today's restrictive school-funding environment, many school districts are evaluating different strategies for providing noninstructional support services to preserve financial resources for the classroom. Among the strategies they are considering on a wide scale is the contracting of support functions, including pupil transportation, custodial and maintenance services, and food service. Because contracting is often an emotion-laden issue among different stakeholder groups, including district employees, it is essential that officials identify and address any critical contracting issues before initiating contracts. Without a proper assessment of the critical issues, a contracting strategy may be difficult to implement at best. At worst, it may fall apart completely. What critical contracting issues must district administrators address? While some issues are common across districts, local conditions or situations may shape other issues unique to a particular school district. Regardless of the district, having a reliable approach for identifying, raising, and anticipating contracting issues can be a valuable tool for district leaders charged with executing an effective contracting strategy. Without promoting or discouraging contracting, this article provides one approach for district leaders to evaluate a contracting strategy and to identify what Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan describe as the "right critical issues." This approach embodies four key elements: (1) Understanding the contracting objectives; (2) Completing the contracting analysis; (3) Aligning stakeholder expectations; and (4) Understanding the context. The author looks at each element in turn.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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