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Master of Science (MS)


School of Teacher Education and Leadership

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Wallace Vickers


Wallace Vickers


Regardless of the size, the school district has some person who is responsible for keeping the clerical and financial records of the school district. This position is very frequently designated as the office of the clerk of the board of education. When the efficient clerk assumes the clerical and financial duties of the school district the superintendent is relieved of endless details, which allows him greater opportunity to perform those functions for which he is qualified, thus a smoother and a more efficient school system is the result. It has been thought in the past that any person regardless of experience or training could handle the clerical and financial details of the school district. While a great amount of progress has been made, there is still a further need for clarification of: the duties of the clerk, the clerk's relationship to the superintendent and the board of education, and the qualifications of the person assuming the office. Literature from such authorities as Wivel (38), Chambers (4), Parmenter (26), Reeder (30), Roberts (33), and DeYoung (13) show that while there are probably many school board clerks performing their work efficiently and well, many school systems could be improved by the selection of more qualified and competent clerks. There is agreement among school administrators that the clerk should have a high degree of training for his specialized work and that the office should be raised to a professional level where the tenure and salary would be commensurate with the qualifications and responsibilities exacted of the office.

There seems to be an urgent need for a study to be made now on the practice and functions of the clerk of the board of education in the state of Utah. Only by evaluating the practices and functions of the clerk at present can improvements be projected into the future. It is felt that if a method of evaluating the functions and practices of this office were formulated and used, then a better and more efficient school system should result.

It is the purpose of this study to evaluate the present functions and practices of the clerk of the board of education with a desire that such an evaluation may serve as a guide for improvements in the services performed by the clerk. In addition it is assumed throughout this study that a more efficient school system will result by the employment of qualified clerks and by the proper selection and designation of their functions.