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Rightsizing a School District Experiencing Enrollment Decline

Slavic, Misty L. (2019) Rightsizing a School District Experiencing Enrollment Decline. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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With qualitative and quantitative methods, this dissertation provides a study on Frederick
Wayne School District’s ongoing enrollment decline and includes the application of rightsizing
strategies to guide the district as decisions are being made to support ongoing sustainability. The
most significant findings of this research include the contradiction between stakeholder priorities
for improving the district academic programs and the financial stability of the district. As
stakeholders prioritize adding staffing and varied academic programming, the district continues to
experience ongoing decreases in enrollment, which leads to financial deficits. The outcome of this
study illustrates the need for ongoing communication with stakeholders about the financial
stability of the district and for the district to continue to identify strategies to increase academic
program options while maintaining fiscal responsibility.
The name of the school district and related demographic area names have been changed to
ensure confidentiality of participants in this study.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Slavic, Misty L.mls248@pitt.edumls248
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKirk, Dianedlkirk31@pitt.eduklk31
Committee MemberRussell, Jenniferjrussel@pitt.edujrussel
Committee MemberRemovcik, Jacquelynremovcik@ht-sd
Date: 30 July 2019
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 20 April 2019
Approval Date: 30 July 2019
Submission Date: 22 July 2019
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 134
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: student needs, mental health
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2019 14:48
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2019 14:48


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