Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. John Bond

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Rick Eigenbrood

Third Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. William Prenevost


school board member perception, decision output theory, district enrollment size, district socio-economic status, district urban centric locale, chi square


The study presented in this dissertation explored the relationship between school board members’ perceptions and selected district demographic variables. Chi-square tests for independence were employed to analyze school board members’ categorical perceptual data and district enrollment size, district urban-centric locale, and district socio-economic status. The findings suggested a significant relationship existed between district enrollment size and district socio-economic status, both with regard to school board members’ prioritization of educational issues and perceptions of reasons that adversely affected the board’s ability to increase student achievement. The implications of these findings for school board members and superintendents are also discussed.

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