ERIC Number: ED354609
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Building Better Board-Administrator Relations. An AASA Critical Issues Report.
McCurdy, Jack; Hymes, Donald L., Ed.
Practices to maintain and enhance board-member relationships are described in this handbook. Following the preface, chapter 1 presents a historical overview to describe the problems involved in defining the proper roles for school boards and superintendents. Chapter 2 identifies current board/administrator roles and what they should be for the 1990s and beyond. The third chapter examines factors contributing to the declining tenure of superintendents. Factors of the rising tensions between boards and administrators in the areas of communication, turf, personnel decisions, and lack of training are examined in the fourth chapter. Chapter 5 looks at the external pressures that enhance those tensions. Chapters 6 and 7 provide strategies for selecting superintendents and for conducting superintendent evaluation and board self-evaluation. The eighth chapter describes how to create a relationship based on trust, with a focus on the importance of communication and the power of information. The final chapter examines some of the ways in which successful boards and administrators have created and maintained thriving relationships through developing shared decision making, dealing with conflict, participating in inservice training, changing the superintendent's role, and sharing responsibilities. An example of a school-based management program in the Cherry Creek Schools of Englewood, Colorado, and a list of related American Association of School Administrators (AASA) publications are included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Board Administrator Relationship, Boards of Education, Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Interprofessional Relationship, Organizational Communication, Participative Decision Making, Politics of Education, Role Conflict, Superintendents
American Association of School Administrators, 1801 North Moore Street, Arlington, VA 22209-9988.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.