Superintendent and School Board Relations

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Superintendent and School Board Relationships

Simple arithmetic is not an easy task. Just like some students have difficulties with basic mathematics skills, so does the Superintendent. This is not to say that the Superintendent cannot do basic math. What this is really comparing is the challenging undertaking involved in counting four out of seven votes in favor of the Superintendent 's recommendations. Swaying back and forth for Board votes is timely and very hard to accomplish, but it is an essential part of the job. Sharp and Walter (2004) explain board members have no authority as individuals. However, together or as a majority they can be extremely powerful in making policy. Longer tenures and more efficient working
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Along the same lines, it is important that when individual board members request information it is sent to every single member. Otherwise, the Superintendent gives up the opportunity to understand from where each board member is coming (Effective Superintendent-School Board Relations). This to some extent could be used as informational leverage, which could help down the line when trying to sway support. Keeping records on request is also considered very helpful when working with Boards. It is important that they stay informed, but it is also just as valuable that they get some feedback as to how much information they are requesting. They may tend to back off from requesting so much information. Regardless as to how and how often, the Superintendent must establish a communication system. Boards do not like surprises. It undermines board members ' trust, and makes them look bad, when they hear information about the district from another source (Effective Superintendent-School Board Relations). Getting the Boards trust can assist in creating a team concept. In any relationship, whether it is at home or work trust is essential for success. Trust is fundamental to all working relationships. Superintendents must be able to develop trust so that all members feel united in working toward a common goal. Many times, the demise of a Superintendent-School Board relationship can
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