The board and superintendent have very distinct and separate roles. Together they form the district’s leadership team. Before an effective working relationship is established, a superintendent and board must develop a mutual understanding of their respective roles, then review and validate this understanding on a regular basis. An honest and candid discussion of the functions of each other will greatly enhance the partnership between the superintendent and the board.
Questions New Board Members Might Ask
• Who prepares the agendas for board meetings and how
do I get an item included?
• What do I do if I need additional information?
• What are the guidelines of the Open Meetings Act?
• How does the board respond to controversial situations?
• When is it appropriate to raise concerns about staff?
• How do I deal with questions from the media?
• How do I respond to community members when I’m on
the losing side of a close and carefully watched vote?
• What relationship should board members have with central office, principals and teachers?
What does a successful school district look like?
The board/superintendent relationship is the most critical factor in the ability of your district to move forward.
The impact of this relationship is widespread, directly or indirectly, on your students’ achievement, your tax base, and the quality of life in your community.
Make this a priority in your work.
The primary focus of all board decisions must be student achievement .
You were elected to do the right thing, not what is popular.
How can you do an effective job if you are obsessed with a never-ending poll?
"Public officials have a responsibility to live their lives with honesty and integrity, to honor the sacrifices of those who came before us. We must follow laws like everyone else because if public officials don't follow laws, who in the world will?“