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Academic Leadership Journal

Abstract

Slumped at her desk poring over the disappointing bond results, Dr. Whitten, early in her first year as superintendent, began to question the decision behind considering such a proposition. She wondered aloud, “How could the patrons of the community not vote to approve this building project? "The Meadowville School District was in the midst of a population explosion, which equated to the state’s largest student growth rate. Currently, more than 500 students are taught in mobile classrooms throughout the district, and student population is projected to continue to grow at a rate of six to seven hundred students per year for the next seven to ten years. What went wrong in the last election and, more importantly, how can she make better decisions? Decisions that operate on reliable information and can ensure a different outcome for the next proposal?

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