ERIC Number: ED374519
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Changing Role of the Superintendency in Restructuring Districts in Kentucky.
Little research has investigated the effects of school restructuring on the roles of central office administrators, particularly the superintendent. This paper presents findings of a study that examined the perceptions of superintendents in Kentucky, whose State Legislature passed a statewide systemic reform initiative, the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990. A survey of 176 Kentucky superintendents elicited 74 usable responses, a 42 percent response rate. Three themes emerged from the data that defined the changing role of the superintendency: (1) developing community; (2) coaching from the sidelines; and (3) struggling to meet the KERA standards. The findings do not support the view that superintendents will evolve into "stewards of a radically expanded and more complex enterprise" (Cunningham 1990). Nor do the data support the belief that superintendents are unaffected by restructuring activity, or that they are being pushed off the main stage of school leadership and management. Rather, it appears that new superintendent roles are emerging. Contains 88 references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Educational Leadership, Nashville, TN.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990