The School Superintendent: Theory, Practice, and Cases 3e 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 in this pivotal position. Readers are encouraged to engage in reflection by linking content with personal experiences. This objective is pursued by providing reflective summaries, pertinent questions, and case studies at the end of each chapter. The third edition continues to focus contextual variables influencing practice in an information-based and reform-minded society. Current reform strategies are identified and their effects on current and future role expectations for superintendents are discussed. Special attention is given to the emerging role of superintendent as communicator. The book also contains two other noteworthy features: balanced perspectives of the potential rewards and challenges commonly experienced by school superintendents and career development information. The former topic includes both professional and personal issues; the latter encompasses career planning, application and interview processes, and quality of life considerations.

School Districts as Organizations

School districts as organizations

Key Facets of the Chapter

  • □ Nature of local school districts
  • □ Differences among school districts
  • □ Organizational context of school districts
  • □ Organizational climate
  • □ School district politics
  • □ Authority in school districts
  • □ Directed autonomy and authority

Case Study Raising Taxes is Never Easy

The Wentworth School District is located in a southern state and includes the city of Wentworth and two surrounding townships. In 1970, the school system served just over 1,400 students; today, the enrollment is just over 4,000. In 1986, an automobile assembly plant was opened, and the demand for workers resulted in a rapid increase in population. Community growth and district enrollment stabilized in the late 1990s. Until that point, most residents accepted property tax rate increases because ...

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