ERIC Number: ED331681
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Administrator Stability in Rural Schools: The School Board Factor.
Chance, Edward W.; Capps, James L.
This study examines the excessive turnover rate of school superintendents in rural school districts in Oklahoma from the school board perspective. Researchers identified 41 schools that had three or more superintendents in the last 5 years, and had 600 or less students. Telephone interviews of 25 school board presidents focused on personal and board related demographics, community special interest groups, critical problems between the board and superintendent, reasons for the superintendent turnover, and any established criteria for the hiring of new superintendents. The following areas were identified as critical problems that existed between the board and any of the previous superintendents: (1) finance, primarily poor management of funds; (2) integrity, from theft to lying to the board; (3) poor communication skills; and (4) immorality, such as extramarital affairs. Forty-three percent of the 63 superintendents who left the district were either terminated or forced to resign. Twenty-three percent resigned to accept a position in a larger district or one which paid more. The majority of school boards alone interviewed the superintendents, and did not question the applicant's former district or community. Often, inappropriate interview questions were asked, and the "good ol' boy" system used. To increase needed stability in school districts, boards must be more investigative in the hiring process, and state agencies must adopt a proactive attitude to address the issue of ineffective administrators. (KS)
Descriptors: Administrative Change, Administrative Problems, Administrator Effectiveness, Administrator Selection, Boards of Education, Communication Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Problems, Integrity, Labor Turnover, Moral Values, Personnel Evaluation, Rural Schools, Superintendents, Telephone Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Rural Education Association (82nd, Colorado Springs, CO, October 5-8, 1990).