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M.A. in School Business Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Capasso, Ronald L.


Sea Isle City Public School District (Sea Isle City, N.J.); Public schools--Business management


Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration


The purpose of this study was to develop a uniform method for purchasing materials and equipment for the Sea Isle City Public School District and to bring about a change in the organizational culture that would support those changes in procedure.

The intern utilized open-ended action research and his problem solving skills to analyze the practices currently in use, to research statute and code and for conditions and limitations of public sector purchasing practices and to review other relevant purchasing manuals and procedures. Informal interviews were conducted among staff to gauge the level of their knowledge of purchasing requirements.

As the research progressed, the intern changed the organizational culture of the district through a series of presentations and one-on-one interviews thereby sensitizing members of the staff to the reasons behind the changes in the procedure for purchasing goods and services – that of compliance with the law.

The resulting procedure provided step-by-step instructions for district purchases which was consistent with purchasing guidelines mandated by the State of New Jersey. The willingness of the staff to change from a past practice that was not controlled attributed to a more efficient, cost-effective purchasing operation for the district.