Degree Name

Education Specialist (EdS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Beverly Findley


This study was designed to research and statistically assess factors associated with the role of the superintendents in small school districts in the collective bargaining process. All superintendents of districts in Illinois that house either Pre-K through 12 or K through 12 enrollments of 400 to 1,000 located geographically south of Interstate 80 were surveyed. Of 140 superintendents issued surveys, there were 115 responses received. Two of the 115 responses were eliminated because their enrollment had increased to over 1,000. Thus, 113 school districts, or 80.7% out of 140, represented the sample. The survey sought demographic information and attitudinal statements reflected through descriptive statistics. Superintendents were found to be largely involved in the collective bargaining process in their districts, yet their perceptions did not always reflect that they were content with their level of involvement, nor with the role that they assumed. Based on this study, recommendations were made which may prove useful to practicing superintendents.