Date of Award

7-1-1987

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)

Degree Name

Ed.S.

Education

First Advisor

Dr. Ganga Persaud

Abstract

The members of the Boards of Education and the Superintendents of the Americus City School System and the Sumter County School System agreed to begin a merger feasibility study of the two systems in 1934. Specific objectives were identified including an evaluation of the similarities and differences in the two school systems, an identification of the possible costs to both systems, an identification of the possible benefits to both school systems, and a summary of the legal issues involved in the merger of the two systems.

This study was concerned with surveying the attitudes and opinions of all the certified personnel in the two systems regarding their perception of how the merger would affect the schools. Questionnaires were delivered to 201 certified personnel in the Americus City School System and 123 certified personnel in the Sumter County School System. These personnel were requested to complete and return the questionnaire within one week.

The total number of responses from certified personnel in the Americus City School System was 177, which represented an overall return rate of 88 percent. The total number of responses from the certified personnel in the Sumter County School System was 104, which represented an overall return rate of 85 percent. This report is based upon the data obtained from the 281 questionnaires which were completed and returned.

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