Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1970

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Byron L. DeShaw

Second Committee Member

Dean Stinson

Third Committee Member

Dohn A. Miller


In this study an analysis was made of the time distribution of the junior high school principal in the state of Washington. Included in this analysis was a compilation of the non-administrative responsibilities performed by the principal, responsibilities which indirectly caused an ineffective distribution of his time. In order to make such an investigation it was necessary to answer the following questions about Washington junior high school principals: 1. What training and experience did the principal have when selected as a principal? What was his major academic preparation? 2. What is the organization of the principal’s school in terms of school enrollment, number of teachers, and grade levels included? 3. How many specialized school personnel—for example, supervisors, curriculum directors, or guidance counselors--are employed in the school system? 4. What assistance does the principal have in fulfilling his administrative duties? 5. What teaching responsibilities does the principal have? 6. What part does the principal play in the selection, supervision, and dismissal of school personnel? 7. What administrative decisions does the principal share with his faculty? 8. What other administrative responsibilities does the principal have? Are these responsibilities shared? 9. What non-administrative responsibilities does the principal have? 10. How much time does the principal spend on school related business? How is this time distributed? On the basis of the answers to these questions, the Washington junior high school principal’s manner of distributing his time to meet his varied responsibilities was determined. The Washington principal’s status was then compared with that of the ideal principal in terms of his responsibilities and how he distributed his time to meet them. The principal’s ideal situation was identified, described, and summarized in Chapter II of this study.