ERIC Number: ED278144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov-14
Reference Count: 0
Establishing and Maintaining an Effective Board/Superintendent Relationship.
Twiford, Travis; Harrison, Frances
This paper presents two separate but related addresses on the subject of the relationship between school boards and superintendents. The comments of Frances Harrison, chairman of the Rocky Mount City (North Carolina) Board of Education, focus on the importance of the superintendent selection process and on elements of the board-superintendent relationship that are critical to establish from the first. The person selected as superintendent must be not only eminently qualified but must have a personal and administrative style that meshes well with the board's style. An effective relationship depends on mutual trust, mutual loyalty, and clearly defined roles. Shared experiences of both a formal and informal nature, apart from regularly scheduled meetings, can also help build rapport. The comments of Travis Twiford, superintendent of the Rocky Mount City Schools, focus on effective communications and meetings. The board-superintendent relationship should be open, with both sides free to initiate communication while remaining aware of the other party's time constraints. Regular publication of interesting information, specificity in communications, and personal dialog are also important. Open but well-planned meetings with predictable agendas that allow all participants to prepare also add to good relations. (PGD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Carolina State School Boards Association (Winston-Salem, NC, November 1986).