A profile of shared school services in Newfoundland

Coffin, George Augustus (1977) A profile of shared school services in Newfoundland. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate the cooperative efforts of Roman Catholic and Integrated school boards in Newfoundland to provide common educational facilities for children in their districts. Specifically, the questions to be answered are: -- 1. Why did cooperative or shared services develop in select areas of Newfoundland? -- 2. How are cooperative or shared service schools administered? -- 3. What problems are encountered in the administration of shared services? -- 4. Which type of shared services appears to work best? -- The development of the denominational system of education is outlined in chapter two. The chapter concludes with reference to recent changes which have permitted shared services to develop. -- Statistical data on the number of shared services were provided through a questionnaire to Roman Catholic and Integrated district board offices. These were supplemented by data collected from monthly reports to the Department of Education. These findings are reported in chapter three. -- Case studies of three types of shared services were conducted at Bay de Verde, Fogo Island and Wabush. These are reported in chapters four, five and six respectively. The studies trace the development of each shared service and describe the present administrative structure. The data were collected mainly from interviews with persons associated with each shared service and from the files of school board offices. The interviewees also provided a personal assessment of the effectiveness of their respective systems. -- The concluding chapter lists eleven conclusions and three recommendations. The important conclusions can be summarized as follows: -- 1. Under certain conditions, shared services are a viable alternative for providing quality education in rural Newfoundland. -- 2. Existing shared services can be classified as belonging to one of four types: the Wabush plan, the Fogo Island plan, the Bay de Verde plan and the Plum Point plan. -- 3. The Bay de Verde plan appears to be the best administrative arrangement. -- The most important recommendation suggests that participating school boards prepare meaningful agreements to ensure an effective administrative structure and to protect each party's rights in the arrangement.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/7819
Item ID: 7819
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 198-201.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1977
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Schools--Newfoundland and Labrador; Church schools--Newfoundland and Labrador; School management and organization--Newfoundland and Labrador

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