ERIC Number: ED468336
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Superintendent Crisis: A Review by Search Consultants. ECS Issue Paper: Leadership.
Glass, Thomas E.
The selection of a superintendent is the most important decision a school board will make. With that premise established, this brief study examines the superintendent search process and the state of the superintendent applicant pool. Data were gathered from 30 practicing search consultants who responded to a mailed questionnaire. The key findings were that the process is time-consuming and that the applicant pool is decreasing in size and quality. The findings suggest the following considerations for policymakers: (1) Training in superintendent-board relations, selection, and evaluation should be mandatory for school board members; (2) policymakers should consider means to develop portable interstate pension and retirement plans; (3) policymakers should explore ways to slow superintendent turnover and attract new applicants; (4) state departments of education should require search consultants to register; (5) states should consider providing grants to less-affluent school districts to help conduct superintendent searches; and (6) states should consider providing financial incentives to less-affluent districts to provide paid internships to district administrators with superintendent potential. This issue paper is the second in a series commissioned by the Education Commission of the States on issues relating to superintendent and school-board leadership. (WFA)
Descriptors: Administrator Selection, Administrators, Board of Education Role, Boards of Education, Consultants, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Human Resources, Leadership, School Administration, Superintendents
Education Commission of the States, 700 Broadway, Suite 1200, Denver CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3600; Fax: 303-296-8332; Web site: http://www.ecs.org. For full text: www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/28/25/2825.htm.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.