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Ramirez, Al; Guzman, Nadyne – American School Board Journal, 2003
Data were collected from reports prepared by consultants for 12 school boards that were involved in active superintendent searches. The reports reflected the comments of 88 school board members in the 12 districts. These are compared with the national recommended standards for preparing school leaders. The standard on community collaboration was…
Descriptors: Administrator Qualifications, Administrator Selection, Boards of Education, Elementary Secondary Education
Lecker, Alan – American School Board Journal, 2002
In a recent survey by Public Agenda, 853 randomly selected public school superintendents and 909 randomly selected public school principals cite politics and bureaucracy as their biggest obstacles. Two thirds or more say they need more autonomy to reward outstanding teachers and remove ineffective teachers. (MLF)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Administrator Attitudes, Bureaucracy, Elementary Secondary Education
Cox, Edward P.; Malone, Bobby G. – American School Board Journal, 2001
When 34 Indiana school-board presidents were surveyed regarding their districts' superintendent hiring processes, most were not impressed with candidate quality. Applicants' top weaknesses included insufficient administrative experience, limited communication skills, and inadequate knowledge of school finance. Internal candidates are scarce, and…
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Administrator Qualifications, Administrator Selection, Attitudes
Hess, Frederick M. – American School Board Journal, 2000
In decentralized districts like Houston's, principals and superintendents, formerly serving as managers responsible for executing policy directives, are assuming ceremonial and policy-making roles. Superintendents use their symbolic "headship" to build community at banquets, lead crisis-intervention efforts, and motivate underachieving…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Cost Effectiveness, Crisis Management, Decentralization
Cawelti, Gordon – American School Board Journal, 1982
Of 80 respondents to a questionnaire sent to urban superintendents, 80 percent gave their school boards either an A or a B rating. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Board Administrator Relationship, Boards of Education, Elementary Secondary Education
Cunningham, William G.; Burdick, Glenn R. – American School Board Journal, 1999
Survey responses from 175 public school superintendents blamed school boards for the dwindling supply of qualified applicants for the superintendency. The top problem is micromanagement by the school board. The time and stress of the superintendency ranks second, cited by more than 53 percent of respondents. Diminishing financial resources were…
Descriptors: Board Administrator Relationship, Elementary Secondary Education, Labor Market, National Surveys
Ferguson, Janet M.; Nochelski, Paul – American School Board Journal, 1996
A nationwide random sample of 1,500 superintendents was asked questions about power: a wish list and a reality list. Responses from 423 (28%) superintendents suggest that students' achievement test scores are higher in school districts that share decision making, while a more authoritarian approach to management seems linked to lower student…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Attitudes, Decentralization, Elementary Secondary Education
Mitchell, Bernard A. – American School Board Journal, 1994
Discrepancies between what a school board wants and what a superintendent thinks it wants contribute to turmoil in many school districts. In a study of evaluation procedures in 36 Wisconsin school districts, superintendents ranked determining their salary as the third most important purpose of the evaluation whereas the board presidents ranked it…
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Administrator Evaluation, Board Administrator Relationship, Elementary Secondary Education
Hill, Paul T.; And Others – American School Board Journal, 1992
Based on a study of five major school systems, concludes following about site-based management: it is a reform of entire system; it will lead to real changes only if it is basic reform strategy; it will evolve over time and develop distinctive characters, goals, operating styles; it requires rethinking of accountability; parental choice is…
Descriptors: Accountability, Administrator Responsibility, Board of Education Role, Change Strategies
Needham, Jordan D., Jr. – American School Board Journal, 1992
Superintendents in 153 cities with populations of from 50,000 to 100,000 were sent questionnaires asking information about school board members. Responses from 89 superintendents provided information about 597 board members. Findings indicate that whether or not board members receive pay has little effect on the makeup of school boards. (MLF)
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Compensation (Remuneration), Elementary Secondary Education, National Surveys
Gaul, Thomas H.; And Others – American School Board Journal, 1994
Survey forms were sent to 6,000 school board members who subscribe to "The American School Board Journal" in an attempt to discover what reform efforts are being utilized and which ones are working best in schools. A total of 1,347 readers (22.5%) responded. Curricular and instructional reforms were cited by 91% of the respondents, and 70% said…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education
Freeman, Jesse L.; And Others – American School Board Journal, 1991
From a random sample of 3,744 school board members, responses from 968 (26 percent) ranked 17 facets of school board service. Additional data include views from 250 superintendents and demographic, personal, and school board information presented as national averages and by region. Finally, listings of major problems are compared with concerns of…
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Board of Education Role, Boards of Education, Elementary Secondary Education
Hess, Fritz – American School Board Journal, 1989
Responses from over 500 practicing superintendents in New York State reveal that the majority (1) have a strong desire to be leaders; (2) heard about the opening through an advertisement; (3) view consultants in the selection process appropriate only as technical experts; and (4) urge school board members to become more involved in the…
Descriptors: Administrator Selection, Consultants, Elementary Secondary Education, Occupational Information
Yock, Carla; And Others – American School Board Journal, 1990
A survey sent to a random selection of 11,992 school board members elicited responses from 2,166 (18 percent). The survey focused on superintendent tenure, a profile of the typical board member, and current priorities. Six charts provide region-by-region demographic data. (MLF)
Descriptors: Board Administrator Relationship, Boards of Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Job Satisfaction
Feistritzer, C. Emily – American School Board Journal, 1989
A 52-item survey sent to 2,197 school board presidents was responded to by 1,217 (55 percent) of the executives. The results suggest that the longer they serve on school boards, the more inclined the presidents are to follow their superintendents' lead and the less inclined they are to support school reform. (MLF)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Board Administrator Relationship, Boards of Education, Decision Making
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