Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

George J. Mouly


There have been few areas in the field of Education which have received more time, words or ink in the past four decades than that of School District reorganization.

While investigations in some areas have been concerned chiefly with philosophies, methods, curricula and other more or less intangible factors, the research into reorganization has had to be concerned with tangibles. Among these more concrete considerations are the financial support of schools, the providing of adequate school plants, more efficient use of the tax dollar, the transportation of school children and the laws which serve to implement or restrict consideration of these tangibles.

However, this emphasis on the concrete has in practice, only pointed up the tremendous limitations exerted on the concrete by those most intangible and hard-to-define forces of local opinion, custom and precedent.