Now in its Second Edition, The School Superintendent: Theory, Practice, and Cases provides reflective summaries, pertinent questions, and case studies at the end of each chapter to encourage the reader to engage in reflection by linking content with personal experiences. The text provides a comprehensive analysis of the evolution of the school district superintendent position and a blend of theory and practical knowledge pertaining to contemporary practice. 

Human Resources Management

Human resources management

Key Facets of the Chapter

  • Human resources administration in school districts
  • Working with employee unions
  • Special education
  • Pupil personnel services
  • Legal services

In addition to being responsible for material resources, superintendents also are expected to manage the human dimensions of schools districts. Setting parameters for this topic is difficult because districts and schools are distinctively different from most industrial organizations and somewhat different from each other. Two of the most relevant characteristics that contribute to individuality are the human-intensive nature of schools and the human processes of teaching and learning (Harris & Monk, 1992). Moreover, most employees in the typical school district are professional personnel; that is, they are licensed practitioners who have a certain degree of independence and authority and ...

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