ERIC Number: ED238135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-24
Reference Count: 0
Policy vs. Administration: The Difference.
To have an efficiently functioning school district, the roles of the school board and the administration must be clearly delineated, so that the school board formulates school policy while the superintendent implements it. To avoid dissention over their respective spheres of authority, it is best for a superintendent to establish two-way communication, be open and honest, be willing and ready to compromise, keep the board informed of all sides of a question, and make certain that the total board knows exactly what is happening. Board members in turn should refrain from requiring irrefutable proof that administrative recommendations have been implemented, asking embarrassing questions at open meetings, surprising the superintendent with issues he is unprepared to discuss, and burdening him with detailed plans for implementation of policy. Above all, it is important that both board and superintendent are assured of the other's support. (Author/TE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National School Boards Association (San Francisco, CA, April 23-26, 1983).