Analysis Of Rancho Solano Preparatory School

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Introduction Rancho Solano Preparatory School (RSPS) was founded in 1954 and for decades was highly praised by parents as being family-oriented and community-centered. In 2007, the school was sold to Meritas Family of Schools and within the subsequent seven years changed its strategy to one with international interests. Other changes in the school were not so positive and included an increased lack of transparency with parents and teachers, which resulted in a gradual disconnect with the community leading to anger and distrust on the part of parents. To address these issues, this paper will identify the three major organizational subsystems and recommend changes to the subsystem most in need of change. In addition, this paper will provide…show more content…
The RSPS website reveals an organizational structure that looks to be very bureaucratic with a significant number of administrators and directors of various departments. The employee count for RSPS is also much higher than competing schools such as #1 ranked private school Brophy College Preparatory with 1,275 students and 150 staff (8.5 students per employee) ; #2 ranked private school, Northwest Christian School with 1,410 students and 92 employees on one campus(15 students per employee); and # 4 ranked private school, Xavier College Preparatory with 1,163 students and 155 employees on one campus (7.5 students per employee). Comparatively, RSPS has 1,137 students and 200 employees (5.7 students per employee) (Top 10 Arizona Companies: Private Schools, 2014). This is not a horizontal organization that is becoming more and more common in today’s business world. The teacher subsystem should be changed into an adaptive organization or organic design (Schermerhorn, 2011, p. 355). In the adaptive design, authority would be decentralized, with fewer rules and procedures, wide spans of control, shared tasks, more teams and task forces, and more informal and personal coordination (Schermerhorn, 2011, p. 355). The planned change would result in improved interpersonal connection with students, their parents, and other teachers. Administrators, while serving an important function would not be the focus. In the case of RSPS, one could argue that administrators have
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