Case Study – Planning

Chet, an Elementary School Principal, has been notified that his enrollment and staffing will not increase even though there is the possibility that the enrollment will increase during the following school year. Chet must convince the Business Manager to increase his enrollment and staffing prior to the hiring period so that he can hire and indoctrinate teachers prior to the fall semester and avoid overcrowding.

1. What should Chet do as he plans his meeting with the Business Manager?

-Meet with the faculty and staff to explain the details of the meeting and solicit input. It’s imperative that the faculty and staff have some input on the information provided since the outcome will affect them the most.

-Find out how many of the new construction apartments are for families (2 or 3 bedroom vice 1 bedrooms)

-Find out how many of the apartments have been sold.

-Find out how many of the Teachers and Counselors could support additional students if required.

-Those that can support additional students, how many.

-Those that cannot support additional students, why not, what impact would student overload have on the quality of education.

-Solicit recommendations from the faculty and Staff to support enrollment and staffing increases as well as plans to prepare for overcrowding.

2. What risk would Chet be taking if he went with the Business Manager’s enrollment & staffing?

-School overcrowding

-Staff burn-out

-Decrease in the quality of education

3. If the Business Manager did not change his staffing, what should Chet do?

-Prepare a report for the Superintendent using recommendations and impact data provided by the faculty & staff.

-Organize a plan to prepare for overcrowding using recommendations from the faculty & staff.

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