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A PRINCIPAL’S ROLE IN OPENING A NEW SCHOOL
 
 
 
By
 
 
 
MITCHELL V. MCGHEE
 
B.S.Ed., The University of Georgia, 1984
 
M.Ed., Georgia State University, 1991
 
ED.S., Georgia State University, 1996
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A Dissertation Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of The University of Georgia in Partial  
Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree
 
 
 
DOCTOR OF EDUCATION
 
 
 
ATHENS, GEORGIA
 
2001
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mitchell V. McGhee
A Principal’s Role in Opening A New School
(Under the Direction of C. KENNETH TANNER)
 
The purpose of this study was to examine the duties and responsibilities of a principal of a new school, during the year preceding the opening of the school and during the first year of occupancy in that school. The examination was completed via an autobiographical case study. The case study was enriched by interviews with three principals that had opened new schools, one assistant superintendent in charge of new school construction, and an architect of schools. Personal reflections and interviews were recorded, transcribed, and along with documents were analyzed for themes.

This study sought to answer the following questions: 1. What are the duties and responsibilities of a principal of a new school, while that school is under construction? 2. What are the duties and responsibilities of a principal of a new school during the first year of occupancy in that school? 3. What characteristics or skills are needed to be a successful principal of a new school? The following conclusions reflect the findings of this study. The duties and responsibilities documented in this case study, and those cited in the interviews and review of literature can be separated in to five theme categories: 1. Parental issues, 2. Construction or building issues, 3. Staffing issues, 4. School organization issues, and 5. Time management issues. There were also five skill, characteristics, or personal trait categories: 1. Interpersonal skills, 2. Organizational and planning skills, 3. Professional knowledge, 4. Vision, and 5. Flexibility. Although a lack of ability in any one of the categories could be detrimental, the categories that mitigate deficiencies in other categories is strong interpersonal skills and flexibility. INDEX WORDS:New Schools, Principal’s Role, New Principals, Successful Principals, Successful Leaders  

 
 
 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
Page
 
AKNOWLEDGMENTSiv
 
CHAPTER
 
1 INTRODUCTION TO THE PROBLEM1
 
Purpose of the Study5

Rationale for the Study6
 
Research Questions7
 
Definition of Terms7
 
Organization of the Study8
 
2 REVIEW OF THE RELATED LITERATURE9
 
Principal’s Role as Leader of the School9
 
Beginning Principals23
 
New School Construction35
 
Summary43

3 METHODS AND PROCEDURES47
 
Research Design47
 
Data Collection50
 
Data Analysis53
 
Triangulation and Data Analysis55
 
Site and Sample56

Limitations58
 
4 DATA PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS63
 
Findings Related to Research Questions63
 
Year One: The Construction Year:63
 
First Year of Occupancy86
 
Conclusion97
 
5 FINDINGS, CONCLUSIONS, RECOMMENDATIONS, AND FUTURE RESEARCH99
 
Findings99
 
Summary108
 
Recommendations109
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