Determining the feasibility of creating the position of assistant school business administrator in selected school districts
Banaszak, Thomas T.
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Statement of the Problem: The problem was to determine a point beyond which a portion of the chief school business administrator's duties might be delegated to an adequately trained assistant school business administrator. Procedures Two questionnaires were composed and mailed to the respondents. The first questionnaire was sent to present chief school business administrators. The second questionnaire was sent to existing assistant school business administrators. A total of forty-eight chief school business administrators responded, while a total of eleven assistant school business administrators responded. The respondents' data were compiled and ultimately revealed facts concerning the duties and responsibilities of both chief and assistant school business administrators. Summary of Conclusions: 1. Twenty-six business administrators foresee a need for an adequately trained full-time assistant within a six year period of time. Four are now looking for a qualified candidate. 2. Difficulty in justifying the position of assistant business administrator was indicated by 60.5 per cent of the chief business administrators. 3. Districts having a minimum budget of $1,110,000, a minimum per pupil assessed valuation of $14,000, and a minimum enrollment of 1,100 are potential users of assistant business administrators. 4. 56.3 per cent of the chief business administrators felt that their total effectiveness was being limited by the volume of work involved in their present position. 5. The prospective assistant business administrator can expect at least partial responsibility for most of the duties currently being performed by the chief business administrator. 6. The assistant business administrator should have both business and educational experience. 7. An accounting background was deemed most essential by fifty per cent of the chief business administrators while 33.3 per cent favored a background in management. 8. One to four years of teaching experience was considered a desirable background for assistant business administrator candidates. A B.S. degree was considered necessary by 66.7 per cent of the chief business administrators while 33.3 per cent felt that an M.S. degree should be earned. 9. Ninety-three per cent of the chief business administrators who felt that their efficiency was hampered by the volume of work involved in their school districts also felt that an assistant would alleviate this condition and in so doing would improve the total school operation. Recommendations: 1. It is recommended that students with aspirations toward the position of assistant school business administrator receive a minimum of a B.S. degree and more preferably an M.S. degree. Additional training beyond the M.S. degree is desirable. 2. It is recommended that the potential assistant business administrator have from one to four years of teaching experience. 3. It is recommended that individuals seeking the position of assistant business administrator confine their job-finding techniques to the larger school districts. 4. It is recommended that the potential assistant business administrator have an understanding of the business operations of a school. 5. It is recommended that the potential assistant business administrator expect a salary of at least $7,000 annually with consideration given to the amount of training and experience he possesses. 6. It is finally recommended that additional research be done in the area of the assistant school business administrator since, by its very nature, dynamic changes are regularly taking place.