Date of Award

12-2004

Degree Name

Specialist in Education

Department

Teaching, Learning, and Leadership (to 2007)

First Advisor

Dr. Gary Wegenke

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

For most school districts it has become increasingly difficult to gain voter support for bond referendums. In addition, there is little information available for the superintendent and board of education to reference when considering a bond campaign in their community.

In response to these concerns, "A Superintendent's Guide to a Successful Bond Proposal" was developed to provide campaign strategies, timelines and a sequential list of events for the superintendent to consider. Examples of campaign strategies employed by the Edwardsburg Public Schools, Edwardsburg, Michigan during their successful bond referendum are included as appendices throughout the guidebook.

Through this research, seven essential steps have emerged to ensure success during a school bond campaign. Although each of these steps are explored, the extent to which each step is utilized will vary by community.

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