The rural school as guardian of the community's identity.

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Two geographically separated school districts and members of their respective communities participated in a qualitative research project during the summer months of 2007. Focus groups were used as the primary means to gather data. The primary purpose of this research was to gain a better understanding of socio-behavioral conduct that occurs during school district reorganization, specifically the anger, fear, and uncertainty that is often seen in citizen response to the notion that his or her community might lose its school(s).;Three observations resulting from this research are of particular importance. First, there is a wealth of educational literature that speaks to the logistical and academic aspects of school district reorganization, but not the human element. Comments from participants at both Clay City and Gallatin County were centered on their personal feelings about events that took place in their respective reorganization attempts. It is this human element dealing with heart-felt emotions that generates most of the turmoil in a school district reorganization effort, and is the least understood aspect of the process.;Second, while no children participated in this research, it was apparent from participant comments that some, especially Clay City high school students, were hurt emotionally because of the bitter fighting in that community concerning the issue of the high school's closure. For educators, this is a serious cause for concern in relation to the concept of "doing what is right for the students".;Third, educational personnel need to understand that the successful passage or failure of a referendum to reorganize a school district does not conclude the issue. Individuals from both Clay City and Gallatin County spoke about "disruptive" events after their referendum votes, and the need to address those issues as quickly as possible to ease the transition of the district and community into the final phase of the reorganization process.
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  • BN ID: 2940032025962
  • Publisher: ProQuest LLC
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Pages: 181

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