Experiences of six Indiana school corporations using fiscal year budgets as perceived by their superintendents and business officials

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dc.contributor.advisor Kowalski, Theodore J. en_US
dc.contributor.author Barton, Linda Estes en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-in en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:22:56Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:22:56Z
dc.date.created 2001 en_US
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier LD2489.Z64 2001 .B37 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/174970
dc.description.abstract This study described and analyzed the experiences of administrators in six Indiana school corporations that adopted a school-year budget under authorization provided by Public Law 50 (PL 50-1996). The study had the following objectives: (a) to identify reasons why school corporations became involved in the pilot project, (b) to determine what happened as a result of the pilot project, (c) to determine if the pilot project was perceived as successful by the school officials in the pilot group, and (d) to identify recommendations of superintendents and business officials about further use of a fiscal year budget in Indiana school corporations. A qualitative research methodology was used in this study. Data collection consisted of interviews with superintendents and business officials in the pilot group during January 2000.The administrators joined the pilot group because they believed all Indiana school corporations would eventually convert to a fiscal year budget and that their experiences would facilitate the conversion. They supported the concept of a fiscal year budget because it was congruous with the school-year. During implementation of the fiscal year budget, the administrators felt abandoned and did not receive the support they expected. Yet, based on their experiences with a fiscal year budget, the administrators supported a conversion to a fiscal year budget for all school corporations. Administrators recommended the state phase-in a fiscal year budget for other non-pilot school corporations.These findings suggest that administrators had valid reasons for joining the pilot group. In addition, administrators viewed the absence of key leaders at the state level as problematic for the pilot project. Based on the evidence, it appears that a fiscal year budget produced the following advantages for the participating corporation administrators: (a) allowed for better tracking of expenditures, (b) required less work to determine the cost of a school-year program, (c) allowed for more freedom in the summer, and (d) provided for a less stressful year-end. The success of the pilot group did not produce support for fiscal year budgets from either non-pilot school corporation officials or from state officials. Recommendations for piloting policy change and for further study on fiscal year budgets are included. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Educational Leadership
dc.format.extent xii, 203 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh School budgets -- Indiana -- Case studies. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Education -- Indiana -- Finance -- Case studies. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh School administrators -- Indiana -- Attitudes. en_US
dc.subject.other Indiana. Department of Education (1984- ) -- Administration -- Case studies. en_US
dc.title Experiences of six Indiana school corporations using fiscal year budgets as perceived by their superintendents and business officials en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (D. Ed.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1214970 en_US


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