Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Carol F. Sheffer

Second Advisor

Dr. Richard E. Munsterman

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The community of East Grand Rapids, Michigan, has a long history of providing an outstanding educational program for youth. Over the past few years with spiraling in flation, negotiations with labor unions, and declining enrollments, there have been political and financial stresses affecting the entire community which could influence the quality of educational programs in the future.

This study focuses on the East Grand Rapids school district and identifies the impact of selected factors upon the areas of f is cal responsibility, curriculum, staff assignment and appropriate use of space. It describes the Board of Education budget philosophy as it relates to cash flow, professional negotiations with teachers, negotiations with support staff, and a benefit program.

There have been, and continues to be, many mandates by the State of Michigan which influence public school programs. Some of the mandates are directed toward effecting changes in educational philosophy and others toward changes in system operation. This study identifies some aspects of the impact of these mandates on the East Grand Rapids School District budget and on the apparent reduction of local control of some school distric t decision making.