The School Superintendent: The Profession and the Person / Edition 2

The School Superintendent: The Profession and the Person / Edition 2

ISBN-10:
1578861578
ISBN-13:
9781578861576
Pub. Date:
10/01/2004
Publisher:
R&L Education

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The School Superintendent: The Profession and the Person / Edition 2

Very few books on the superintendency, if any, address the position in the manner of The School Superintendent: The Profession and the Person. This book covers how to become a superintendent and be successful at it and presents a personal view of the superintendency. It also details: the history of the superintendency, the relationship between the superitendent and the school board, the different types of leadership styles. Authors Sharp and Walter, both former superintendents, offer practical advice, discussion questions, and examples throughout this book. There is also a chapter written by spouses of superintendents in his/her point of view. Intended for use in graduate education classes on the superintendency as well as practicing and aspiring superintendents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578861576
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 10/01/2004
Edition description: 2nd edition
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 219,658
Product dimensions: 6.11(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

William L. Sharp is professor of Educational Leadership at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. James K. Walter is professor of Educational Administration at Texas A&M at Corpus Christi.

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
1A Historical Look at the Superintendency (and the Board of Education)1
Introduction1
Historical Perspective1
The Legal Authority of School Boards5
Debates about School Boards10
The Role of the Superintenden15
The Tenuous Nature of the Superintendency17
What's Right about the Superintendency?19
Summary21
Discussion Questions for Students21
Suggested Classroom Activities22
References23
2Getting the Superintendency25
Introduction25
Searching for the Job25
Applying for the Superintendency28
The Papers32
Interviewing for the Superintendency39
The Superintendent's Contract46
Female Superintendents53
Conclusion54
Summary55
Discussion Questions for Students56
Suggested Classroom Activities56
References57
Notes57
3Leadership, Ethics, and Decision Making59
Introduction59
Leadership Styles59
Classical Organization Theory60
Human Relations Theory and Behavioral Science Theory61
McGregor's Theories61
Transactional and Transformational Leadership63
Decision Making and the Superintendency64
Decision Making and Problem Solving65
Models of Decision Making66
Problems with the Rational Model75
Satisficing Behavior78
Garbage Can Model78
Types of Decisions79
Individual and Group Decision Making81
Participatory Decision Making84
Group Decision-Making Techniques88
Ethics in School Administration89
Conclusion91
Summary92
Discussion Questions for Students92
References93
4Developing the Administrative Team97
Introduction97
Administrative Teams or Cabinets97
Insider Information99
Timing for Meetings101
To Go or Not to Go102
Evaluation of Central Staff and Principals104
Task Forces106
Standing Committees106
Summary108
Discussion Questions for Students108
References109
Notes109
5Dealing with the Board of Education: The Superintendent-School Board Relationship111
Introduction111
The Role of the School Board111
The Role of the Superintendent113
Problems in the Relationship113
Evaluation of the Superintendent and the Board118
School Board Meetings119
The Board Policy Manual124
Public and Executive Board Meetings126
Conclusion129
Summary130
Discussion Questions for Students130
Suggested Classroom Activities131
References134
6Superintendent-School Board President Relationships137
Introduction137
Strong Leadership Is a Must137
Roles and Responsibilities of the Effective Board President138
Superintendent's Involvement with the Board and Board President Selection139
Duties of a Board President142
Summary143
Discussion Questions for Students143
7Dealing with the Union (and Negotiations)145
Introduction145
The Role of the Superintendent in Collective Bargaining145
Hints for the Superintendent as Board Negotiator147
Working with the Union Outside Negotiations150
Grievances and Arbitrations151
Summary153
Discussion Questions for Students153
References154
8The Superintendent as Public Relations Expert155
Introduction155
Dealing with School Patrons155
Promoting Good Internal Relations159
Visitors to the School162
Parents and Community Members at Board Meetings163
Written Communications with the Public164
Interacting with the Community165
Summary166
Discussion Questions for Students167
References168
9The Role of the Superintendent as Business Manager169
Introduction169
Your Role when You Are the Business Manager169
Your Role when You Have a Business Manager170
Duties of the Business Office171
The Budget174
The Budgetary Process175
Accounting for School Funds178
Purchasing Supplies and Equipment178
Maintenance of Buildings and Grounds179
The Personnel Role in the Business Office180
Insurance and Other Business Areas182
Summary183
Discussion Questions for Students183
References185
10The Father Flanagan Syndrome, or Tales People Have Told Me187
Introduction187
Good Listening Is Part of Administration187
Personal Crises189
Coping with Other People's Problems190
Dealing with That Which You Really Don't Know190
Dealing with the Little Things in Life191
Summary191
Discussion Questions for Students192
11Dealing with Spouse and Family: One Superintendent's Viewpoint195
Introduction195
From the Superintendent's Point of View195
My Wife Doesn't Understand Me196
Find Other Superintendents196
The Buck Still Stops Here197
Shielding the Children198
Skinned and Roasted199
Summary200
Discussion Questions for Students200
12Dealing with Spouse and Family: From the Spouse's Point of View203
Introduction203
Helen M. Sharp203
Discussion between Helen Sharp and Deborah Walter211
Discussion Questions for Students215
Reference217
13Keeping Your Bags Packed--Psychologically219
Introduction219
Don't Take It Personally219
"Reasons" for Dismissal221
Telltale Warning Signs of Imminent Danger222
Investing in Yourself225
Get a Job When You Have a Job227
The Health of the Superintendency228
Summary230
Discussion Questions for Students230
References232
Afterword233
Appendix AAny Similarity between My Job and Dad's Is Pure Coincidence235
Appendix BSite-Based Management: Practice, Not Theory241
Appendix CSite-Based Management: A Practical Guide247
Appendix DThe Health of the School Superintendency253
Index261
About the Authors265

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