Making It Work Between Board and Superintendent

By Doug Eadie

The school board-superintendent working relationship is notoriously fragile, and is very likely to erode if not meticulously managed -- witness the all-too-frequent ugly and public breakups. One of the most powerful tools you can use to build and maintain a close, positive, and productive board-superintendent partnership is a well-designed and carefully executed process for board evaluation of superintendent performance.

Since I’ve addressed evaluation in detail in earlier ASBJ columns, I’d now like to describe two other steps your board can take to keep this critical partnership healthy: Your board’s strong commitment to ongoing management of the relationship with your superintendent, and your board’s consensus with your superintendent on the ingredients of an effective communication strategy.

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