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. 

Superintendent and School Board Relationships

Superintendent and school board relationships

Key Facets of the Chapter

  • Importance of positive relations
  • Building positive relationships
  • Common problems associated with board members
  • Common problems associated with superintendents
  • Maintaining positive relations
  • Managing conflict

One of the most unsettling realities in the practice of school administration is that one election can change everything. Although top executives in many private companies face similar uncertainties, the probability of rapid radical change is not nearly as great as it is in public education. Even more important, the relationships that a superintendent establishes and maintains with board members not only affect personal survival, they shape organizational effectiveness (Björk & Keedy, 2001; Petersen & Fusarelli, 2001). When friction occurs, our first inclination is to conclude that the parties ...

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