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ERIC Number: ED463581
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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Take This Job and LOVE It! A Study of Why Superintendents Stay or Leave.
Lowery, Sandra; Harris, Sandy; Hopson, Michael; Marshall, Russell
As demands for accountability are heightened and job expectations become increasingly unrealistic, people are less interested in entering the superintendency or staying in it if they already have it. This study explored motivators and inhibitors that contribute to a person's decision to become a superintendent and remain in the superintendency. Of 259 superintendents in Texas school districts who received questionnaires by mail, 231 responded. Data were analyzed statistically. Results showed that motivating factors included focusing on the community's vision and making it a reality, love of job, and commitment to education. Inhibiting factors included fractious community politics, self-imposed unreasonable demands, and stress. It is recommended that superintendents be challenged to remain focused on their commitment to education and helping people, and that the local community, led by school boards, do all that they can to support superintendents in their work. Additionally, superintendents should be provided an avenue for sharing their successes with the local and broader educational communities. To overcome these obstacles, communities and school boards must also work with individual superintendents to better understand the negative factors of the job and, thus, encourage quality administrators to stay on the job. (Contains 51 references and 2 tables.) (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas