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ERIC Number: EJ921059
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
The Brave New World of the Interim Superintendency
Bigham, Gary D.
School Administrator, v68 n4 p25-29 Apr 2011
Considering the vital role the superintendent plays in the overall functioning and well-being of any school district, the filling of the top leadership post with a permanent appointment never should be done in haste. The process of advertising, reviewing applications, conducting background checks, interviewing candidates, negotiating contracts, naming a lone finalist, and ultimately hiring a superintendent is intense and time-consuming. Even more critical to the process of evaluating applicants is ensuring a close philosophical match between district leadership and the community. As a result, school boards often buy time by employing an interim superintendent. Although school law varies from state to state, there may be no stipulation requiring school districts to have a superintendent. In Texas, nothing in the education code expressly requires a school district to hire a superintendent. Even so, numerous statutes in the state exclusively authorize the superintendent to perform certain duties, with many others completed under the direction and supervision of the superintendent. With the superintendency vacated, functions essential to day-to-day operations may go undone, potentially affecting student instruction and possibly leading to noncompliance with state and federal statutes. For these reasons, the need for an interim superintendent becomes obvious. In this article the author, a veteran superintendent-turned-professor, accepts an interim appointment to lead a small western Texas district to experience how the duties and roles differ from a permanent post. (Contains 8 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas