What It Takes to Operate and Maintain Principal Pipelines: Costs and Other Resources

What It Takes to Operate and Maintain Principal Pipelines: Costs and Other Resources

The cost of operating and maintaining school principal pipelines in large urban districts averages about $5.6 million a year, or just 0.4 percent of annual expenditures, a report commissioned by the Wallace Foundation finds. Conducted by the RAND Corporation, the study, What It Takes to Operate and Maintain Principal Pipelines: Costs and Other Resources (122 pages, PDF), examined the direct expenditures and personnel time that the six districts participating in Wallace's five-year Principal Pipeline Initiative spent on preparing, hiring, supporting, and managing school leaders, and found that costs averaged $31,000 annually per principal. Of the individual pipeline components examined, pre-service preparation and on-the-job evaluation and support were the most costly, at about $9,400 and $14,000 a year per-principal, while the annual cost of revising principal job standards and hiring and placement efforts averaged $292 and $2,894 per principal. The report also notes that personnel time accounted for 44 percent of pipeline costs (e.g., time a principal supervisor spent working one-on-one with a principal).