Date of Award

Spring 2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)




Charles M. Achilles, Ed.D

Committee Member

Daniel Gutmore, Ph.D

Committee Member

Carolyn Hartley, Ed.D


Shared Services, People & Relationships, Organizational Constructs


It all began in June 2000. The school districts of Newton Public, Andover Regional, and Green Township, New Jersey contracted Guidelines, Inc., Huntington, Long Island, New York to conduct a Grades K-12 Regionallshared Services Feasibility Study. The study was funed via a New Jersey state grant from the Regional Efficiency Development Incentive Program (REDI) Grant Program. The study's executive summary included the objective: "To provide information to aid school board members, school officials, and other interested parties in determining whether a K- 12 regional pattern appears feasible and desirable and the extent to which a K- 12 Regionalization Regional Study should be further considered" (Savitt, 2000, p. 1). The purpose for this researcher's study was to examine selected organizational constructs that may influence a Tri-District model for shared services as projected for future needs. This study resulted in bona fide research to inform local and school district decision-makers and to provide data for aspiring administrators. This examination was presented as a nonexperimental, retrospective, descriptive case study. Using this design and method, this researcher was able to propose selected organizational constructs that may influence a Tri-District model for shared services, The findings support the use of these constructs by linking them with specific shared-service areas as a means to achieve a beneficial outcome. One of the key findings of this examination included a discussion about people and relationships. These features with this examination's purpose provided the necessary information for a Tri-District shared-services model that can be realistic, meaningful, and relevant.