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The Role of School Superintendent

October 10, 2018
Emmetsburg News

(Editor's note: this article is one of an occasional series on local happenings. The author is the current Emmetsburg School District superintendent.)

by Amanda Schmidt

Once again the Emmetsburg School District is looking to fulfill the role of superintendent. Unless you are in the education field, you may not know the aspects of what a superintendent's tasks involve. The superintendent is the Chief Executive Officer, or CEO, of the district. Superintendents work with their principals to meet district goals. They also facilitate the hiring, supervision and management of the Business Office and principals. Superintendents recommend actions to the board. Keeping the financial and human resources in mind, the superintendent must meet the needs of students of the district as a whole. Superintendents must also listen to their communities as each community and district have different priorities. Listed are important aspects of a superintendent job taken from the Iowa Association of School Board website.

Typical responsibilities include:

- Design system improvement strategies;

- Stay current on educational research;

- Design, implement incentive structures for schools, principals, and teachers;

- Recruit and evaluate principals/district administrative staff;

- Provide professional development consistent with improvement strategy;

- Allocate system resources toward instruction;

- Buffer non-instructional issues from principals, teachers;

- Serve as executive officer and advisor to the board of education;

- Coordinate board agenda and board reports;

- Lead and direct district operations;

- Observe and evaluate district activities and ongoing programs;

- Make final recommendations regarding all personnel to the board;

- Develop annual goals and progress reports;

- Oversee planning for future sites and building programs; and

- Interpret school programs to parents, community organizations and the media.

Next article: the responsibilities of a school board member.



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