ERIC Number: ED242008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
How to Make the Best Use of Your Principals.
Howe, Robert C.
Principals are middle managers. Board members should have a superintendent who has a high regard for the principalship and who believes in the total team approach to school administration. They should allow principals to do the job they were hired to do--parental or citizen complaints should be referred to the principal instead of being personally acted upon by board members. Probably the most sensitive area other than school discipline is extracurricular activities. Complaints in this area should not be blown out of proportion. Principals need help and support in instructional leadership. Board members should let their principals know that they are as interested in English as they are in basketball. Principals should be included in contract negotiations and collective bargaining. The information and insight they can provide can be extremely helpful. Board policies should be written in a very broad way in order to take advantage of the expertise and judgment which principals can bring to bear in individual situations. Principals should be involved in the selection of staff members. They should be allowed input and access to the board on an equal footing with other groups such as teacher unions. (DC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Instructional Leadership; PF Project
Note: Paper presented at the National School Boards Association Convention (San Francisco, CA, April 24, 1983).