An analysis of the opinions held by a selected group of school board members in Illinois to determine the feasibility of state certification for school business administrators and/or school business officials
Callaby, Donald A.
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Purpose of this Investigation The purpose of this investigation is to determine the opinions of a selected group of school board members in Illinois regarding the feasibility of state certification for school business administrators and/or school business officials. Method of Investigation A survey schedule was prepared and forwarded to school business personnel in Illinois. These school business personnel were asked to give the survey schedule to one of their school board members for criticism and comment. One hundred thirty-nine active members of the Association of School Business Officials of the United States and Canada in the State of Illinois received the Survey Schedule and were asked to have a board member complete it. An endorsement to gather school board members' opinions was received from Mr. Dean Shinneman, President of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials. Authorization was given to use the Illinois Association of School Business Officials letterhead stationery in a forwarding letter. Endorsement was also received from Dr. Henry Yankow, Professor of Business, College of Business, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. Summary of Conclusions: 1. The job titles for school business personnel are many and varied. 2. The school business manager in Illinois is not required by the state to be certificated but many school districts require certification as a qualification requirement for the position. 3. Group opinion favors certification of the school business administrator. 4. Group opinion favors automatic certification of those now serving as school business administrators. 5. A school business administrator should study prescribed courses in business administration and education. 6. A school business administrator should hold a Master's Degree. 7. Group opinion is undecided on certification for the school business official. 8. A school business official should study prescribed courses in business administration and should have some business experience in his background training. 9. A school business official should hold a Bachelor's Degree. 10. Group opinion favors state certification of individuals who will in the future be employed as a school business administrator. 11. State certification of school business administrators in Illinois is feasible because the majority of school business personnel and school board members favor certification. Recommendations for Further Research: The following recommendations for further research are given with the hope of bringing to light more work and clarity toward certification of school business administrators. 1. Determine the views and opinions of school superintendents toward certification or non-certification of school business personnel. 2. Determine comparisons and conclusions from the views and opinions expressed by school business personnel (Folk's study), school board members (this study), and school superintendents (further study) in the state of Illinois pertaining to certification of school business personnel. 3. Determine ways of enriching and increasing courses of school business management offered both on the undergraduate and graduate levels by the universities and colleges in the state of Illinois.