The School Administrator

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October 2009 Number 9, Vol. 66Outsourcing School ServicesPartnering has its merits, but ramifications exist too

Features

  • Weighing Outsourcing

    by WILLIAM J. MATHIS AND LORNA JIMERSON

    Outsourcing of services in a school district can be a fiscally responsible and satisfactory way of doing business, but school leaders should carefully weigh all the direct and indirect advantages and ramifications before deciding to move outside.

    Similar Reading: Considerations before outsourcing and Additional resources

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  • Outsourcing Special Education Services

    by ANNE S. McKENZIE AND ANNA M. BISHOP

    An educational service agency in western Massachusetts has discovered it can save costs without compromising quality by using an outside agency for special education and related therapy services.

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  • Outsourcing Facility Work

    by PATRICK J. BURKE AND JENNIFER R. KLEIN

    The Fulton County Schools in Georgia enjoyed a bounty in capital improvement funds but found a serious need to tighten the reins on spending. The district has added better oversight through an outside management firm.

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  • Dancing Partners: Schools and Businesses

    by J. HOWARD JOHNSTON

    A successful collaboration anticipates the needs of the partners, the challenges inherent in meeting those needs and the free flow of critical information between them.

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Profile

    Grounded in Social Work by Jay P. Goldman


    Dan Nerad applies his social worker background in the most public ways as a superintendent in Wisconsin.

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    Departments

    Board-Savvy Superintendent

    Care and Feeding of the First-Time Visitor by BRAD HUGHES


    Superintendents should play the role of “information shepherd” at their board of education meetings so the rookies in the audience have a chance to grasp the topics on the meeting agenda.

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    Guest Columns

    Education as a Civil Right by DEBORAH HUNTER-HARVILL


    The president of the National Alliance of Black School Educators is pushing for a policy to reverse the disparities and inequities in public education, including what she sees in her own district.

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    Go to the Head of the Class by MARILOU RYDER


    A full day as a substitute teacher in her district’s high school left this superintendent with fresh insights to influence her decisions. She discovered 90 minutes is a long time to be in front of a class of easily distracted students.

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    Before You Move Into Higher Education by ROBIN L. FANKHAUSER


    When she moved from a superintendency into a professorship, the author quickly discovered the realities of work life in higher education. Among her eye-openers: You will no longer be the king or queen of everything, and your office will be smaller than your college dorm room.

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    People

    People


    The latest update on appointments, retirements, honors and deaths in the superintendency. In this month’s Sidelight: A superintendent who has spent 25 years on the stadium payroll of her beloved Philadelphia Phillies.

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    Punchback

    Dispelling a Prize-Winner’s Disinformation by GENE V GLASS


    Thomas L. Freidman is no mean authority when it comes to the analysis of the global economy, but when it comes to analyzing K-12 education, this month’s columnist wonders what he has been reading lately.

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    President's Corner

    Beyond Boundaries by MARK T. BIELANG


    AASA’s president tells us to question the physical and abstract boundaries that divide us, standing in the way of fulfilling the mission to serve children.

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    Executive Perspective

    Harnessing Kids’ Tech Fascination by DANIEL A. DOMENECH


    While acknowledging the limits of his own dexterity, AASA’s executive director marvels at the love affair between kids (including his own) and technology

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    AASA School Solutions

    New Answer for Old Purchasing Problem by DUFF ERHOLTZ


    It started as a one-state education cooperative; now the National Joint Powers Alliance serves all 50 states as a municipal contracting agency and holds more than 50 competitively bid contracts from which a school district can choose.

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