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  • Rps Harvard Presentation 12.2.10

    1. 1. The Superintendent & School Board: One Journey Harvard Urban Superintendents Program December 2-3, 2010 Presented By Kim Bridges Richmond Public School Board
    2. 2. The Richmond Public Schools Landscape RPS at a Glance <ul><li>Average School Sizes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Elementary 430 students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Middle 648 students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High 789 students </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. The Richmond Public Schools Landscape
    4. 4. The Richmond Public Schools Landscape
    5. 5. The RPS Landscape
    6. 6. The RPS Landscape
    7. 7. The RPS Landscape
    8. 8. The RPS Governance Team <ul><li>Current board’s tenure: 2 years </li></ul><ul><li>Superintendent tenure: 2 years </li></ul><ul><li>Average length of service: 2.8 years </li></ul><ul><li>Longest individual service: 6 years </li></ul><ul><li>Full-board elections every 4 years </li></ul>
    9. 9. The Superintendent Search <ul><li>A unique process: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community input </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Candidate screening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community/business panel narrowed to 3 finalists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Board selected </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pros & Cons </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources, investment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Private process </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Interview topics <ul><li>Leadership style </li></ul><ul><li>Urban Education – at risk, promising trends </li></ul><ul><li>Transforming schools – attracting middle class </li></ul><ul><li>Change in traditional organization </li></ul><ul><li>Addressing controversy/opposition </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency </li></ul><ul><li>Student achievement – continuous improvement, data </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing students for future </li></ul><ul><li>Fiscal/budget development </li></ul><ul><li>Facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Staff selection, delegation, accountability </li></ul><ul><li>Parent/community engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Strengths/Weaknesses/6 month entry plan </li></ul><ul><li>Board superintendent relations </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple expectations </li></ul>
    11. 11. “ Boards govern…” <ul><li>Governance </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development & Team-Building </li></ul><ul><li>Core beliefs and commitments, theory of action </li></ul><ul><li>Constituent service </li></ul><ul><li>Management oversight </li></ul><ul><li>Board meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Policy development </li></ul><ul><li>*Donald McAdams, What School Boards Can Do </li></ul>
    12. 12. “… Superintendents manage” <ul><li>Superintendents face: </li></ul><ul><li>Large, complex, highly regulated organization </li></ul><ul><li>High performance </li></ul><ul><li>Limited resources </li></ul><ul><li>Center of Political arena </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple stakeholders – unions, parents, community & business leaders, volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>*Donald McAdams, What School Boards Can Do </li></ul>
    13. 13. “ The center of the political arena” <ul><li>Board composition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5 of 9 new in 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 new in 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elections in 2012 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>City leadership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New mayor elected in 2009 with goal of fostering collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>City Council = funding authority </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Professional Development & Team-Building <ul><li>VSBA, NSBA, CUBE, CGCS </li></ul><ul><li>Members participate at state and national level </li></ul><ul><li>Retreats: Darden-Curry Partnership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Balanced Scorecard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vision, Mission, Core Beliefs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Team-Building </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Public reporting on ideas and information learned </li></ul>
    15. 15. Core Beliefs and Commitments The K-12 system is the cornerstone of the community and essential to our democracy. Every child has a unique gift and purpose and should be treated fairly with the best educational opportunities to achieve in life. The Board must have a permanent framework for policy setting & procedures focused on student achievement.
    16. 16. Board Meetings <ul><li>Advance work for Effective Meetings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Agenda planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Master Calendars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administrative reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Notice </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Efficient Processes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Robert’s Rules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timed agendas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Committee of the Whole (COW) </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Constituent Services <ul><li>Balancing factors: </li></ul><ul><li>9 officials each elected by 25,000-member district </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse districts with differing expectations </li></ul><ul><li>YET </li></ul><ul><li>The 10-member Governance Team represents ALL 24,000 students </li></ul><ul><li>Established protocol: </li></ul><ul><li>All constituent requests made through Superintendent </li></ul>
    18. 18. Policy Development <ul><li>No systematic review process </li></ul><ul><li>Many policies outdated </li></ul><ul><li>2009 – 2011 Board Policy Manual Review </li></ul>
    19. 19. Oversight & Risk Management <ul><li>Internal Audit Function </li></ul><ul><li>Budget </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Reporting </li></ul><ul><li>Master Calendar </li></ul>
    20. 20. Continual Improvement <ul><li>Celebrate successes </li></ul><ul><li>Talk them up </li></ul>
    21. 21. R i c h m o n d P u b l i c S c h o o l s COOL POINTS 2010 <ul><li>All Richmond Public Schools are fully accredited--based on the state’s Standards of Learning tests. </li></ul><ul><li>Ninety-nine percent of seniors in the Class of 2010 graduated. </li></ul><ul><li>Richmond Public Schools spends $.77 of every dollar on instruction and instructional technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Every Richmond City elementary school offers foreign language instruction. </li></ul><ul><li>The district’s projected Advanced Placement (AP) enrollment for 2009-2010 reflects a one-year increase of 53 percent. </li></ul><ul><li>Three Richmond City high schools participate in the National Football Foundation’s Play It Smart initiative, an academic tutoring program for high school athletes. </li></ul><ul><li>Franklin Military Academy is the nation’s first public military high school. </li></ul><ul><li>The district launched three premier preschool learning centers. </li></ul>
    22. 22. Recognize efforts <ul><li>Virginia Teacher of the Year </li></ul><ul><li>Virginia Coalition on Open Government Local Government Award </li></ul><ul><li>Blue Ribbon School </li></ul><ul><li>Governor’s Schools of Excellence </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools – Silver and Bronze </li></ul><ul><li>Council of Great City Schools Shirley Schwartz award </li></ul>
    23. 23. Continuous Improvement Assess where you’ve been, identify where you need to go next through: Strategic Planning Continued collaborative work Self-Evaluation

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