ERIC Number: ED345902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: 0
Shared Superintendent: A Good Idea?
When school board members consider the question of sharing a superintendent between two or more districts, they often lack the necessary information to make a sound decision. In addition, they often do not consider the changes in roles, relationships, and responsibilities that must occur in such a situation. This paper, based on a questionnaire survey, examines expectations of the shared superintendent held by 78 superintendents and 161 board of education chairs in Iowa and Minnesota school districts that participated in such an arrangement. Most of these districts had enrollments of less than 600 students. Perceptions of the role of the shared superintendent were relatively consistent between superintendents and school board chairs. Both groups agreed that: (1) the task importance of school finance was number one; (2) financial savings was the primary reason for sharing a superintendent; (3) school board members were the strongest supporters of the arrangement, while community members and staff were the strongest opposition; and (4) financial savings was the most frequent advantage of sharing a superintendent, and availability and burnout were the most frequent disadvantages. School board chairs were more enthusiastic than superintendents about renewing the arrangement. Almost half of superintendents preferred to serve a single district. Comments emphasized the importance of the superintendent's abilities and personality and the support of staff and board. Suggestions included limiting the arrangement to a short period of time, and viewing the arrangement as a preliminary step to school district reorganization. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Iowa; Minnesota; Small School Districts
Note: Paper presented at the International Rural and Small Schools Conference (Grand Forks, ND, March 30-April 1, 1992).