School Administrator

 

June 2012

Quantifying Success of a Community's Schools

 

How a school district measured its
fiscal impact on its metropolitan area

June 2012                                       Number 6 Vol. 69 

Features

Quantifying the Successes of Public Schools
BY MICHAEL L. WALDEN
An economist measured the significant fiscal impact of the Virginia Beach, Va., Public Schools and the district’s graduates on its metropolitan area.

Riding Out a Financial Storm
BY RANDY C. EVANS
The chief fiscal officer of the Rio Rancho, N.M., schools shares three takeaways from the painful turnaround of fortunes in a community accustomed to years of steady growth and financial stability.

The Economic Pit: Finding a Way Out Through Grants
BY KENNETH T. HENSON
The author draws three examples from his new book on grant writing in K-12 education to illustrate strategies used by school districts to secure significant external support. 

Alternative Energy Busing
BY SCOTT LAFEE
Some school districts are converting portions of their bus fleets to cleaner-burning, sometimes cheaper, alternative fossil fuels, but it’s the entrée of all-electric vehicles and hybrids that is generating excitement in school transportation circles.

Jim Collins on Mediocrity and the Benefits of Paranoia
Surprising views by the best-selling author — in an interview by AASA’s Daniel Domenech — on how some organizations not only survive uncertainty but also manage to thrive.


Frontline

STARTING POINT
The back page is often the first page for many of our readers, and the editor invites you to share your own contributions.

BEST OF THE BLOGS
Sharp insights in four blog postings by superintendents across the country.

ETHICAL EDUCATOR
Grading Tricks

Four panelists dissect the case of a teacher’s reconsideration of a student’s final course grade on the basis of his improvement, sans district guidelines on the subject.

LEGAL BRIEF
Frivolous Lawsuits Targeting Schools
BY NANCY FREDMAN KRENT
What to do about individuals and groups trying to wear down the school district to get what they want — through detailed FOIA requests, e-mail campaigns and lawsuits that drain school resources. 

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
When a Board Member Speaks Without Authority

BY RICHARD E. MAYER
An unwritten duty of the superintendent is to prevent school board members from looking bad in public. That means arranging in advance speaking opportunities at school events.

MY VIEW
Self-Reflecting for Leadership Gains
BY HENRY V. WAGNER JR.
The author, a superintendent in Mary-land, asked colleagues to help him pose 10 questions to promote meaningful reflection about their leadership work.

MY VIEW
Connecting Our Staff to Their Professional Affiliations

BY JOHN T. FITZSIMONS
If the most valued resources are the school system’s educators, why do we not invest in their development? A retired superintendent thinks professional association memberships can be a major asset.

ReadingandResources

RESOURCE BANK
A doctoral dissertation that studied embezzlement-prevention measures in Texas school districts found widely varying measures in place.

WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
Robert G. Smith, co-author of Gaining on the Gap, shares why he undertook the book.

BOOK REVIEWS

BookCellPhones 

Cell Phones in the Classroom
by Liz Kolb
Reviewed by
Paul A. Shaw

BookCredibility

Credibility
by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
Reviewed by
Ronald S. Thomas

BookGreatbyChoice

Great by Choice
by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen
Reviewed by 
Lylia King

BookPushHasCometoShove

Push Has Come to Shove 
by Steve Perry
Reviewed by 
William A. Clark

BookSmallSchoolsEducation

Small Schools, Education, and the Importance of Community
by Tim L. Adsit
Reviewed by 
Marilyn King

BookStrategicManagement

Strategic Management of Charter Schools
by Peter Frumkin, Bruno V. Manno and Nell Edgington
Reviewed by
Darroll Hargraves


AASAInsight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
Sending Mixed Messages

BY PATRICIA E. NEUDECKER
In her final commentary as association president, the author says silence is not the right response during tough fiscal times. Rather, school leaders must demand support for the new systems they are building.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
Weathering Yet Another Storm
BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
Even in the worst of times, the nation’s public schools will not let our country down, says AASA’s executive director.

AASA SCHOOL SOLUTIONS 
World Languages Arrive Online in Schools

BY JOHN PESCE
A firm that blends teacher-led live instruction with an interactive and immersive experience for language learning. 

PEOPLE WATCH 
The latest news about AASA members changing roles. Sidelight captures Linda Lemmon, known for 18 years as “the dancing superintendent.”

PROFILE
Lorraine S. Lange
BY MARIAN KISCH
The superintendent in Roanoke County, Va., never has had to apply for an administrative job in her award-winning career. 

 

 

 

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