A Study of the Feasibility of Reorganization of the Collins-Maxwell School Districts
Rampulla, Robert Benjamin
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SubjectSchool districts--Iowa--Reorganization; School enrollment--Iowa--Assessment; Curriculum evaluation--Iowa
The problem. Since the 1968 study by Drake University, the Department of School Administration, College of Education, and the 1970 survey by Richard Dexter, no action has been taken to reorganize any of the five school districts in East Story County which includes the Collins and Maxwell School Districts. The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of a Collins-Maxwell reorganization. Procedure. A questionnaire was mailed to the board members of the Collins and Maxwell School Districts and an interview was held with their respective superintendents. Findings. Enrollments are decreasing in the Collins and Maxwell School Districts according to projected enrollments. The curriculums of both districts stress academics and do not offer enough units of credits in order to provide students with a comprehensive education. A majority of the board members indicated that they thought reorganization is needed and that it would benefit the students' possibility of a better education. Conclusions. Enrollments in the Collins and Maxwell School Districts will continue to decrease. A reorganization of the Collins and Maxwell Schools would create a substantial increase in the amount of units of credits the students could be offered, therefore providing a comprehensive education. Recommendations. Each district must face the reality of declining enrollment and the effect it will have on its educational program. Reorganization should be considered as a means to improve educational programs and not to cut costs. The Collins and Maxwell School Districts should reorganize in the very near future with consideration given to the possibility of including a third district.
72 leaves. Advisor: Dr.a Charles Rowley