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. 

Material Resources Management

Material resources management

Key Facets of the Chapter

  • Fiscal management
  • Facility planning and management
  • Transportation services
  • Food Services

Superintendents are often criticized for being preoccupied with the political and managerial aspects of their work and for spending too little time providing leadership for instructional programs. Such rebukes are increasingly noteworthy because of pressures placed on local district officials to develop a vision for effective schooling and to plan a coherent reform agenda for reaching that vision. Critics, however, often ignore the reasons why management became and remains an integral part of administrative work.

Management emerged as an essential role of the superintendent during and immediately following the American Industrial Revolution. As discussed in Chapter 2 on role conceptualizations, pressure to reconfigure administrators as business executives ...

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