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ERIC Number: ED346546
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Urban Superintendent Turnover: The Need for Stability.
Renchler, Ron
Urban Superintendents' Sounding Board, v1 n1 Win 1992
In July 1991, 20 superintendents, who are members of the Urban Superintendents' Network, a coalition of educational leaders sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), participated in a special panel presentation and roundtable discussion entitled "Turnover in the Urban Superintendency: Implications and Ideas for Change." Reporting on the following issues raised and observations made by session participants, this publication: (1) cites data that reveal the average brief tenure of superintendents in urban districts is only 2.5 years; (2) claims that districts have to have a superintendent in position long enough to effect meaningful educational change (lists 25 urban areas that have had superintendent turnover within the past year); (3) provides a case study in Seattle, Washington, of frequent superintendent turnover; (4) observes that superintendents will search for ways to protect themselves from being summarily dismissed; (5) notes how three superintendents view their changing job description; and (6) lists four new programs focusing on superintendent training. The final article is "10 Key Questions for Urban Superintendents," by Lee Etta Powell. Dispersed throughout the issue is a series of recommendations, called "Searching for Solutions," that the participants made for improving and changing a system characterized by high turnover rates. (13 references) (MLF)
ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, University of Oregon, 1787 Agate Street, Eugene, OR 97403 (free; $2.50 postage and handling).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A