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The effect of school enrollment size on the job responsibilities of superintendents in class II and class III school districts in Nebraska

Greg Allen Barnes, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if school enrollment size has an effect on the job responsibilities of school superintendents in Class II and Class III public school districts in the state of Nebraska. A list of eight key job responsibilities of school superintendents was identified by the American Association of School Administrators' Commission on Standards for the Superintendency. The eight key job responsibilities identified by the AASA were: leadership and district culture, policy and governance, communications and community relations, organizational management, curriculum planning and development, instructional management, human resources management, and values and ethics of leadership. For each of these eight areas, superintendents were asked to indicate both their level of responsibility and the degree to which they had direct responsibility or delegated their responsibility. ^ The population for this study was 249 Class II and Class III Kindergarten through twelfth grade public school superintendents in the state of Nebraska. The Millard superintendent was excluded due to that district's uniqueness in enrollment, as the Millard Public School District had more than twice as many students as the next largest K–12 public school district. For the purpose of this study, these 249 public schools were organized into four groups: small, medium, large, and very large. A random sample of superintendents was surveyed from each of the groups of school districts. ^ A One-Way Analysis of Variance was used to determine if there were differences among the four groups of various sized districts. ^ The findings of the study indicated that significant differences existed in the following areas: Policy and Governance (responsibility), Organizational Management (responsibility), Organizational Management (delegation), Human Resources Management (responsibility), and Human Resources Management (delegation). ^

Subject Area

Education, Administration

Recommended Citation

Barnes, Greg Allen, "The effect of school enrollment size on the job responsibilities of superintendents in class II and class III school districts in Nebraska" (2002). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3074065.
http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI3074065

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