ERIC Number: ED158373
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Beyond the Myth of the Imperial School Superintendent.
Volp, Frederick D.
Role expectations for the public school superintendent have outstripped the capacity of most individuals to fill them. Superintendents must now deal with an ever-increasing number of political interest groups who raise complex issues for the school system. In light of these developments, the tenure of superintendents is politically hazardous as evidenced by the high turnover rates of chief school officers. Many authors have provided insights into the role-definition problems of superintendents. The most oftcited environmental change in education is tied to collective negotiations laws. Superintendents, far from being in an imperial position, are often caught between the community's demands and the demands of the unions. Striking a balance between administrative autonomy and responsiveness to school board and constituent desires is another critical problem for the school superintendent. Because of these issues, the role of the superintendent must change. Superintendents must acknowledge the areas where they have the expertise to contribute to debate and policy and the areas where they do not. Negotiating with teacher unions may be one area where superintendents do not have sufficient expertise. Besides role definitions, graduate training programs for superintendents must change. Further course work that integrates politics, law, and policy-making in local school systems seems warranted. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Canadian School Trustees' Association Congress on Education (1st, Toronto, Ontario, June 17-21, 1978)