Decision Making Process Of The School Board

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Decision Making Process The superintendent needs to take the lead on creating a formal plan, keeping in mind that the school board has the final decision making power as far as resource allocation and making a proposal official policy. However, leading a process does not mean drafting it single handedly. Gaining staff and community buy-in will be essential if the plan is going to be a success. Representatives from the same groups that provided input on the needs assessment should be included in a committee of 6-7 to help draft the plan. A committee might include a strong parent leader, 2-3 teacher leaders, a principal, a representative from the Chamber or another highly visible community group, a board member, and the superintendent.…show more content…
Fiscal responsibility and careful research about what is absolutely essential is also important. Delegating, promoting, organizing and prioritizing this two-way communication, among all the other competing responsibilities, makes up the bulk of the type of decision making the superintendent has to do. Marketing and Communication Once the plan is approved, the goals, action steps and results must reach the community at large. In addition to traditional methods of “getting the word out” such as newsletters, websites, informational displays at local businesses, and open houses, the plan should be promoted by purposeful dialogue. An emphasis on one-way communication leads to distrust and disillusionment in the community. True dialogue and listening for understanding vs. persuasion can really only be done by small, repeated conversations. (Johnson, Getting Your Message Out, pg 10-11). Additionally, building strong relationships with local media staff members is a way to open communication lines in the community. It is wise to over communicate and re-communicate key messages frequently, since the audience is diverse and likely has different preferences. Finally, key messages must be simple and focused. Lisa Unger Shoer, author of “School Recognition: Principals, Do You Know Who You Are?” states, “Knowing what the
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