Education Specialist (EdS)
Semester of Degree Completion
David E. Bartz
The purpose of this field experience was to analyze current board policy manuals in school districts surrounding Red Hill Community Unit School District #10 in Illinois and to revise and update the board policy manual of Red Hill Community Unit School District #10. This field experience was significant because the author believes a current board policy manual that is organized helps insure the efficient operation of a local school district in the state of Illinois. The job of school governance today is difficult and principles for school governance are essential.
The development of policy statements is a practice that must be a never-ending task for a board of education. The policy statements indicate that the board of education is running a business-like operation. Frequently school districts are the largest businesses in a community and should adhere to sound business principles. Taxpayers are demanding accountability and justifiably so. The successful completion of this field experience will help the Board of Education of Red Hill Community Unit School District #10 establish that accountability.
The board policy manual of Red Hill Community Unit School District #10 was not current, was unorganized, and needed to be revised according to a recently completed evaluation of the Red Hill Community Unit School District #10 schools for state recognition and supervision.
The board policy manuals of four school districts surrounding the Red Hill Community Unit #10 School District were examined and analyzed. The Board policy manuals of East Richland Community Unit School District #1, Lawrence Community Unit School District #20, Oblong Community Unit School District #4, and Wabash Community Unit School District #348 were utilized in this field study. In addition, this study resulted in the development of an updated, organized and revised board policy manual for Red Hill Community Unit School District #10.
The final recommendation of this field study was for the Red Hill Community Unit #10 School District Board of Education to adopt the updated, organized, and revised board policy manual as it was presented.
Kimmel, Dennis W., "An Analysis of and Revision of the Board Policy Manual of Red Hill Community Unit #10" (1994). Masters Theses. 2025.