Book Reviews

All New Real-Life Case Studies for School Administrators

by William Hayes

Rowman and Littlefield Education, Lanham, Md., 2007, 146 pp., $24.95 softcover

Twenty-six case studies in All New Real-Life Case Studies for School Administrators by William Hayes offer school leaders an opportunity to learn problem-solving skills and reflect on possible solutions. As a former principal and superintendent, Hayes identifies pertinent problems and provide depth to each study.

The cases all deal with pressurized situations including those caused by testing requirements of No Child Left Behind, school board-administrator relationships, military recruitment in schools, and charter schools and schools of choice.

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One intriguing case involves school security and handling public relations at a high school perceived as lax and susceptible to intruders. Another case, relating to healthy choices in the school lunch program, frames the dilemma between a financially solvent school lunch program and actions that drastically reduce the amount of sugar and fat in children’s meals.

At the end of each case study, Hayes includes thought-provoking discussion questions and a list of sources for further study. Most studies run four to five pages and can be read in a 15-minute time frame.

The book is best suited for aspiring administrators and college professors, though principals and superintendents will enjoy reading some of the case studies presented.

Reviewed by Paul A. Shaw, superintendent, White County Schools, Cleveland, Ga.