ERIC Number: ED229866
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: 0
How to Build a Positive Relationship with the Superintendent and Board of Education.
George, Russell E.
A principal is often judged on his ability to resolve problems at the school level without appealing to superintendents and board members. Techniques for accomplishing this task include (1) clear and specific position descriptions for employees, (2) printed handbooks for employees and students, (3) fairness and consistency, (4) positive and cooperative working relationships with school employees, (5) encouragement of ideas and suggestions, (6) creation of a relationship of mutual trust, and (7) listening to parents, employees, and students. Principals should be aware of financial limitations, communicate an awareness of these limitations, and conserve resources wherever possible. They should not function as mere caretakers but should take the initiative in: implementing needed curricular and other change; involving other school leaders in this process; communicating goals and objectives to the central office; and receiving input from the staff and keeping them informed, along with the superintendent and the board, of progress being made as well as potential problems. Principals should voice disagreements and offer possible alternatives to superintendents and board members, but they should enforce established policies without indicating disagreement to the staff or the public. Principals can and should enhance their relationships with superintendents and board members by involving them in shcool activities, fostering good community relations, and acknowledging support. (JBM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (Dallas, TX, February 4-8, 1983). Print is light.