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Yankow, Henry G.||Belnap, Ralph A.

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

College of Business


School management and organization; Public schools--Business management


Purpose of Investigation The purpose of this investigation was to determine the point at which an elementary school district located in Northern Illinois might consider having a full-time business administrator. Procedures A survey schedule was prepared and furnished to twenty-one selected elementary school district superintendents. All of the school districts have a student enrollment of over one thousand and do not presently employ a school business administrator. The data received and compiled dealt with the present business operations of the school district; the qualifications a school superintendent would expect in a candidate for the position of school business administrator; the responsibilities a newly hired school business administrator would be expected to assume and the status of the business administrator in the administrative hierarchy. Summary of Conclusions 1. The superintendents of school districts having an enrollment of one thousand or more spend on the average more than half of their time on school business administration. 2. Sixty-one per cent of the respondents felt that a school business administrator should hold a bachelor's degree, while the other 39 per cent deemed a master's degree necessary. 3. Group opinion indicated that budget control, budget preparation and financial accounting are the most important responsibilities a school business administrator assumes. 4. A candidate for the position of school business administrator can expect to receive a beginning minimum annual salary of $7,500.00. 5. Group opinion favors some formal certification requirements for the position of school business administrator. Summary of Recommendations 1. A school district upon reaching an annual budget in excess of one million dollars or a student enrollment in excess of one thousand should seriously consider the employment of a full-time business administrator. 2. In determining the need for a full-time business administrator, superintendents should analyze their school district and make comparisons with like districts employing a school business administrator. 3. Due to the imminence of laws requiring certification for school business administrators, school districts should consider candidates who have been professionally trained. 4. Due to the limitations of a study of this type, similar studies incorporating other criteria should be conducted. 5. In the opinion of the researcher, the beginning salary offered by the majority of school districts for the position of school business administrator is not commensurate with the qualifications expected.


Includes bibliographical references.||Pagination skips number 14.


3, v, 53 pages




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