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ERIC Number: EJ700640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Bringing out the Best Board Behavior
Caruso, Nicholas
School Administrator, v61 n2 p6 Feb 2004
The author's advice for for a school board superintendent is to assume incompetence instead of malevolence. Board members who behave inappropriately are a minority, and those with malicious intent are extremely rare. Most misbehaving board members act out of frustration. They may not understand the appropriate role of a board member. Unfortunately, this behavior reflects on the entire board and shortens the tenure of the superintendent. Board of education members come from all walks of life and bring different skills, experiences and temperaments to the table. Most care deeply about helping children, but some never have served on a board and are not sure of appropriate behavior. Sometimes you have to help them get on track. A list of helpful tips for orientation of new school board members, and helping experienced members to succeed is presented and discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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