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Understanding the Mission and Challenges of One Rural Public School District

Linda J Venturo, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Understanding the challenges faced by rural public high schools in their missions to prepare students for postsecondary education and entry-level employment in the midst of a changing global workforce has garnered little research attention. Rural environments present distinct challenges, giving voice to educational leader perceptions of these challenges and how they are managed when transitioning students from school-to-career will help other leaders in similar situations. The purpose of this qualitative intrinsic case study was to describe and interpret one rural school district's mission through the eyes of six of its leaders. Analysis of multiple sources of data (semi-structured interviews, collection of documents (archival records, strategic plans, NC Report Cards), and field notes) revealed core themes with various sub-themes. Core themes included: Ensuring Student Readiness, Significant Variances in School Structures, Influence of Leadership Styles on Productivity, Teams and Partnerships Focused on Student Transitioning Process, Challenges Distinct to Rural Region, and Recognized Dichotomy Between Wealthy and Low-Income Residents. Leaders' perceptions were integrated within the analysis. Based on the findings that emerged, suppositions for rural public school administrators are given.

Subject Area

Educational leadership|Education Policy|Education

Recommended Citation

Venturo, Linda J, "Understanding the Mission and Challenges of One Rural Public School District" (2018). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI10979753.