Case Study; Rancho Solano Private School (RSPS)


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Case Study; Rancho Solano Private School (RSPS)

Rancho Solano Private School (RSPS) was founded in 1954 by the Bayer and Freesmeyer families. Over the years, the reputation of the school was established as a leading academic institution with an advanced curriculum. Parents describe the school as having a highly performing academic environment with a rigorous curriculum, but also as having a safe and family-oriented atmosphere in a place where community was valued. Not surprisingly, the student population grew and the school opened multiple campuses around the valley (Gilbert, Union Hills, Greenway [Scottsdale,] Missouri [Phoenix,] and Hillcrest [Peoria]).The Freesmeyer family eventually sold RSPS to the for-profit Illinois-based Meritas Family of Schools in 2007. The mission of the Meritas group was to broaden the international focus of Rancho Solano, along with the nine other schools it owned (across the United States, Switzerland, and Mexico). Even under the new ownership, the environment in the various RSPS campuses was still described as achievement oriented and supportive.

Milestones
  • 1954  Rancho Solano Private School founded by the Bayer and Freesmeyer families
  • 1954  Inaugural opening at Missouri Campus
  • 1979  Union Hills Campus established
  • 1991  Greenway Campus established
  • 2003  Gilbert Campus created
  • 2007  Rancho Solano Private Schools joins the Meritas International Family of Schools
  • 2008  Union Hills Campus relocated to Hillcrest Campus
  • 2008  The inaugural freshman class joins Rancho Solano Preparatory High School
  • 2010  Rancho Solano Preparatory High School is designated an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme School
  • 2012  Rancho Solano Preparatory High School graduates first class in May
  • 2012  Rancho Solano’s new 6th-12th grade Middle & Upper School Campus opens in August
  • 2013  Opening of Upper School Athletic Complex & Student Center (Ranch Solano Preparatory School, 2014)

Respond to the following questions:

What factors operating in Rancho Solano’s general and specific/internal environment influenced the decision to close the two campuses in 2014 and consolidate resources? What is your evaluation of the decision made by Dr. Mernard and Meritas?
What is your evaluation of the process of going about the closure? Was RSPS demonstrating social responsibility? Discuss the closure impact on three specific stakeholders.
Determine the potential effect of the changes on organizational behavior within the closed campuses and the campuses that would remain open (at the time of the announcement). How do you think this change impacted organizational behavior within the closed campus, within the school, and among the stakeholders?

Provide an explanation, using appropriate management theories, of how the administration could have handled the closure effectively with its stakeholders in 2014. Include one theory from each of the following: the classical approach, the human relations approach, and the modern management approach.
With the two campuses now closed, you have been asked to suggest three plans: one long-term, one mid-term, and one short-term goal for the future direction of RSPS. Justify your decision for these goals.
Present your concluding statement.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.

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