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ERIC Number: EJ914677
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0036-651X
Nothing's Free: Calculating the Cost of Volunteers
Ingle, W. Kyle
School Business Affairs, v76 n9 p28-30, 32 Nov 2010
Most school district administrators recognize the benefits of using parent and community volunteers, including improved school-community relations. But volunteers are not cost free. At their best, volunteers can be a valuable resource for schools and districts. At their worst, volunteers can consume already limited resources. However, their use minimizes the opportunity costs of school district personnel and they can energize public support for levy campaigns. School district personnel will continue to be involved with school levy campaigns; however, their opportunity costs can be minimized by heavily engaging the community and allowing school district personnel to focus on what they are paid to do: teach and lead. The author cites a study of levy campaign volunteer costs in five districts which serves as the basis of this article. Four of the five districts in the sample used volunteers and reported acknowledging the value of their services at public events, such as school board meetings or campaign committee meetings. The sources of data included district and campaign budgets, state reports, district Websites, and interviews with key stakeholders. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A