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Yankow, Henry G.||Nelson, J. H. (Professor of business)

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Business Administration


Public schools--Business management


Statement of the Problem: It was the purpose of this study to develop the criteria necessary to initiate and implement the selection of a school business administrator for a selected elementary school district in Cook County, Illinois. Specifically, this study was concerned with the following questions: 1. What duties and responsibilities will be held by the school business administrator? 2. What duties and responsibilities will the school business administrator share with the superintendent of schools? 3. What administrative policies are required to give the business administrator the responsibility and authority required to administer the financial affairs of the district? Design of the Study: This selection elementary district did not have a business administrator at the time of this study. In order to become more knowledgeable about the position for this district, the board of education and the superintendent of schools decided that a study should be conducted to develop the criteria which would provide guidelines for the new position. To facilitate this study and establish the guidelines for the selection of a school business administrator for the is selected elementary school district, a jury of eight practicing school business administrator for this selected elementary school district, a jury of eight practicing school business administrators in similar districts were interested. A structured interview guide was developed and used to help establish the criteria for the guidelines to determine the requirements of the position for this school district. Summary of Conclusions: This study should prove invaluable as a guide to boards of education who are considering employing a school business administrator. As a result of this study, certain universal concepts were recognized: 1. School administration is undergoing a transition from the historical type of administration to the recommended professional type of administration. 2. The board of education usually has three important functions: (1) employ a superintendent of schools, (2) act as a policy-making body, and (3) evaluate the results of their efforts. 3. Most duties and responsibilities are historical in nature and designed to accommodate a particular situation in a given school system. 4. Written policies and procedures should include all areas of business operation in the school system and should be particularly clear and concise in order to serve the educational needs of the community. 5. The business and non-instructional operations of the school system should be directed by the business administrator, who shall be a member of the administrative staff of the superintendent of schools. 6. The State of Illinois has recognized the need for autonomy in self-government of its schools. Local governing boards have almost complete control over education of public school children. 7. This selected elementary school district has practiced self-government and has designed a program compatible with its requirements and established the position of school business administrator, all in accordance with the guidelines, rules, regulations, and policies designed by this research project.


Includes bibliographical references.


viii, 68 pages




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