When and How to Leave Gracefully
BY ART STELLAR
Transitioning out of a superintendency requires a deft hand … and a strong resistance to saying what really may be on your mind. A veteran of six superintendencies fills in the details.
A Transition of Overlapping Superintendents
BY SCOTT LAFEE
The pairing together of the incoming and outgoing superintendents for a year makes for a distinctive handoff of district leadership. Three scenarios illustrate the merits and the trying circumstances involved.
BY JOSHUA P. STARR
Before Day 1 of his new superintendency, the author launched a systematic plan of listening to and learning about the community he’d be leading.
BY SARAH CARR
School administrators who make a career move into higher education often discover reality differs sharply from expectations. A half dozen superintendents detail their transitions into the professorship.
The editor’s overview of this issue on career transitions in and out of the superintendency.
STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
Rehired After Retired
About one in 10 takes another superintendency after officially retiring elsewhere.
BEST OF THE BLOGS
Our monthly capture of lively excerpts from five member superintendents’ blogs.
Who Pays To Be at the Table?
To build relationships with community partners, school district administrators use public funds to purchase tables at fundraising dinners for board members and educators. Is this expenditure appropriate?
Should ‘Morality’ Be in Your Contract?
BY MAREE F. SNEED
Recent controversies raise the question of whether the superintendent’s board pact should include morals clauses.
When Board Meetings Go South
BY RYAN DONLAN
The author has a five-part formula for dealing with public challenges to the school board at meetings.
Going Solar Atop School Buildings
BY JIAN TING
A small Ohio school district installed rooftop solar panels that will generate 80 percent of electrical need.
Superintendents Who Are Inviting, Entrepreneurial and Gritty
BY PAUL D. KNOWLES
A retired superintendent sees some key personal characteristics lacking among too many education leaders.
A recent doctoral study examines the oversight superintendents do to improve instruction.