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Yankow, Henry G.||Oosting, Bernard R.||Maxwell, Lyle

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Business


Office management; School management and organization


Purpose: The purpose of this investigation is to determine what is currently being done in business offices of single and multiple high school districts in the Chicago suburban area, and general methods of procedure when a single high school district expands to operate more than one attendance center. Procedure: Several business managers were interviewed in regard to specific functions being performed in their district business office. From these results, a check list of basic business office functions was composed. This survey was sent to twenty-five Chicago suburban business officials. Analyzation of collected data revealed several functions being performed similarly by most districts. However, a number of procedures were being conducted in different ways. Various philosophies of district operation became evident as each district was studied. Summary of Conclusions: From the research several procedures became evident in the majority of single high school districts: 1. Specialized personnel other than the business manager are hired to perform many purchasing functions. 2. Written inventory of equipment is conducted on an annual basis. 3. Machine bookkeeping is utilized. 4. Bidding procedures conducted on capital outlay items. 5. Use of job specifications for employment of non-teaching personnel. 6. Utilization of salary schedules for non-teaching personnel. 7. The business manager acts as secretary to the board of education in 41 per cent of these districts. 8. A superintendent of buildings and grounds is employed by approximately 60 per cent of these districts. 9. Written inventory of supplies is conducted by only a few districts. 10. Bidding of insurance is not conducted by the majority of these districts. 11. A dietitian is employed only on a part-time basis and only by a minority of districts. Multiple High School Districts: 12. Over three-fourths of these districts centralized their district inventory. 13. Use of formal purchasing policies is advantageous to a district. 14. Bidding and specification sheets for capital outlay items are used by most districts. 15. Specialization of district business office personnel appears to become more evident in multiple high school districts. Recommendations for Further Research: Upon analyzation, several important aspects of school business administration would appear to benefit by further study: 1. Methods used in employing non-teaching personnel. 2. Feasibility of utilizing job specifications when hiring non- teaching personnel. 3. The degree to which specialization of non-teaching personnel is advantageous to a district. 4. Determine present methods of inventory control and its effectiveness in relationship to cost.


Includes bibliographical references.


47 pages, 20 unnumbered pages




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