Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Blendinger, Jack G.

Committee Member

Farmer, Angela S.

Committee Member

Hailey, Leigh Ann.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Education Administration

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


College of Education


Department of Educational Leadership


Inadequate, deteriorating, old school buildings and facilities are a major concern in many school districts across the country. Studies have determined that students perform better and learn more in newer, cleaner facilities. For school districts to be able to afford new constructions or renovations, school bonds are often necessary. There are numerous requirements to obtain a school bond, but the largest hurdle is getting the registered voters support on an election day. A qualitative case study was conducted to determine which strategies are beneficial to school districts in need of passing a school bond. Lowndes County School District in northeastern Mississippi recently passed a school bond initiative, on the second attempt. The case study and findings have shown that getting stakeholder support through beneficial means of communication is a vital part of passing a bond initiative. If school districts can use funds from bonds to erect and renovate school facilities, the students in that district will greatly benefit.