On Mon, 21 Oct 1996, Bunki Kramer wrote:
> You wrote..........
> > Here is a question for everyone. What other ways are there to organize an
> >administrative group besides the Principal/Supervisor concept? Does any
> >school have an alternative option/visonary approach to restructuring these
> >Joyce Finley at Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii jfinley
> .................end message......................
> Aloha to you too, Joyce!
> Although my state of CA is fabulous, I miss your warm waters!!!
> I don't know if this is what you are looking for but let me tell you about
> our middle school situation and the status of our principal. It is somewhat
> About 3 years ago we had a major blowout between staff and principal. Our
> staff is a little over 50 strong with many, many chiefs and very few
> indians! By that I mean lots of strong opinions and strong personalities.
> There have been major clashes in the past with admin. The teachers in our
> school, with the help of the Asst. Superintendent of our district, set up a
> Governance Committee composed of 15 elected representative teachers. We met
> once a month...the principal included...and discussed the major decisions
> that go on in our particular school. We would run the meeting, the
> principal was just a listener (so to speak). We then reported back to our
> (each of us had 3-4) and took a poll on their opinions. We met again and
> discussed opinions and made decisions based on what WE wanted. Some
> decisions by the district we could not change but WE basically ran the
> school-decision making. The principal had a hard time at first giving up
> authority to us but it made, in the end, a smoother running system. We also
> did alot of bonding workshops between the staff and admin. This committee
> also discussed staff conflicts and made decisions in the best interest of
> the entire staff. At least everyone could be heard here by their peers and
> it helped several people and their problems. Everyone to be heard had to
> submit their concern in written form 2 weeks ahead of our meeting so the
> comm. members could be prepared to discuss it together. Saved lots of time!
> Because of this system, there was no need for faculty meetings!
> We have disbanded the Governance Comm. this year and are going back to
> faculty meetings run by the teachers, timed by the teachers, planned by the
> teachers and the principal will be sitting with the staff and not leading
> or running the meetings. We have successfully blunted top-down management
> and it is working great! The principal still meets with the parents, has
> the big office, but we are all working together now and EQUALLY!!!!!
> Bunki Kramer
> Los Cerros Middle School
> 968 Blemer Road
> Danville, California 94526
> sch.# 510-552-5620