ERIC Number: EJ711029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
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What Comprises an Award-Winning Board?
Kleinsmith, Stephen L.
School Administrator, v62 n3 p8 Mar 2005
In this article, the author, superintendent of the Nixa R-II School District, Nixa, Missouri, describes what it is like to work with a board of education that has been named the Outstanding School Board of the Year in its state twice since 2000? He feels that the keys to the strong superintendent-board relationship are effective communication and earned trust. He believes that if both are to achieve common goals, and apply accountability and stewardship, then both must trust each other to do a good job and respect each others' abilities to fulfill the responsibilities of office. Like a marriage, both most work to improve the relationship, nourishing forgiveness, understanding, cooperation and honesty. When they speak of each other's work in public, it is only with praise and support. They are also committed as a superintendent and board to joint learning and professional development.
Descriptors: Trust (Psychology), Boards of Education, Board Administrator Relationship, Trustees, Superintendents, Administrator Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri