ERIC Number: ED346546
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Urban Superintendent Turnover: The Need for Stability.
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)
Descriptors: Board Administrator Relationship, Dismissal (Personnel), Elementary Secondary Education, Job Satisfaction, Labor Turnover, Leadership Training, Occupational Mobility, Politics of Education, Public Schools, Quality of Working Life, Superintendents, Supply and Demand, Urban Schools
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
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.