Book Review

Practical Ideas for Cutting Costs and Ways to Generate Alternative Revenue Sources

by Tim L. Adsit and George Murdock, Rowman and Littlefield Education, Lanham, Md., 2005, 232 pp. with index; $49.95 softcover

The current condition of public education finds superintendents and other school leaders dealing with the discrepancy between ever-increasing academic standards and expectations and how these are adequately funded. Much has been written about how to achieve improved student achievement and the need for accountability and curtailed spending.

The problem facing school administrators is how to translate the rhetoric or political sound bites into meaningful actions.

Several possible answers to handling these problems can be found in Practical Ideas for Cutting Costs and Ways to Generate Alternative Revenue Sources. Co-authors Tim Adsit and George Murdock, school superintendents in Oregon, have had to deal with the aforementioned problems. Their review of literature for handling declining resources, their discussion of strategies for dealing with less funding and their ideas for generating alternative revenue sources should interest school leaders.

In addition to their personal experiences, the authors have included case studies of how others confronted their problems. Detailed information about contacting and using the services of the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies is provided. Another valuable resource is the checklist of cost-cutting and revenue-generating ideas for readers to use.

It would be impossible for any school district administrator to not find a number of viable possibilities for saving money in this book.

Reviewed by George E. Pawlas, professor of educational leadership, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.